Olympia, WA USA
Marshall Weber, b. 1960, Syosset, New York
Marshall Weber lives in Olympia, Washinton. He has significant bodies of work in the media of: artists’ books, collage, drawing, printing, video, and public endurance performances. He has curated 100's of exhibtions around the world since the 1980's and he is known for his outspoken advocacy for artists and cultural organizations that work outside of the conventional academic and commercial artworld.
He is currently making prints and artists books that illuminate the collissions between colonial monumental history with social collective memory.
Weber was represented by Munch Gallery, in New York, NY from 2010-2015, and is currentky represented by Booklyn, Brooklyn, NY. His artwork explores concepts of audience, the expansion of public space, langauge, post-colonial history and travel. His frequent travelling has sparked major bodies of performance, photography, rubbing, and writing.
Weber received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981, and went on to co-found Artists Television Access, one of the longest (still) running alternative media art centers in the US. Weber was an Interdisciplinary Arts Fellow of both the New York Foundation for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Art Matters.
1999 he was co-founder and is now Curator of the Booklyn Artists Alliance, where he has recently organized several innovative funding projects for activist arts organizations, including co-producing a fine art print portfolio to benefit the Occuprint Project of the Occupy Wall Street movement and working on arts projects with: Bulletspace, EZLN (Zapatistas), Food Not Bombs, IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War), Justseeds, World War Three Illustrated and many other organizations. He idesigned Booklyn's international archive program which helps underrepresented artists and organizations catalog and place their archives in appropriate educational institutions.
In 2012 he and XU BIng curated the acclaimed Diamond Leaves exhibit which was the first major museum exhibition of artists' books in China. It has since become a Triennial event. In 2017 Weber was the keynote speaker at the Codex Foundation Symposium and Bookfair presenting a lecture/performance titles "Refections on Diamond Leaves".
Since the 1980's Weber has produced a large body of literary related performance work often outside of conventional venues. In 1994 he started the "Ulysses Cycle" a decade long series of marathon recitals of literature in public spaces and on the streets since "with a 33 hour long reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The "Cycle" ended with a 23 hour long recital of Homer's Odyssey on the Staten Island Ferry during the 2004 Republican convention and included a 72 hour long recital of the Old and New Testament at the Angel Orensanz Art Center (also in Loisaida). Recent performances include a 48 hour recitation of appropriated literature as part of Printed Matter's "Helpless" exhibit and a 72 hour recitation of Beat poetry on the streets of San Francisco as part of the 2012 Streetopia Festival. On February 5, 2014, in honor of William S. Burroughs 100th birthday anniversary Weber did a 24 hour long recital from Burrough’s The Nova Trilogy at Munch Gallery in Manhattan..
Weber creates these endurance pieces to challenge both his physical and mental limitations as well as the mounting constraints on the use of public space. The hallucinatory trance state attained while under the effect of sleep deprivation and fatigue blurs the lines between sleep and wakefulness, consciousness and unconsciousness, literature and reality, private and public, language and thought, and rational and mystical experience. Weber is projecting his existence into fictional space and vice-versa, inviting the audience to accompany him within those projections.
Victoria & Albert Museum
University of Nevada, Reno
University of California at Irvine (UCI)
University of Minnesota
Long Island University
Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly)
University of Vermont (UVM)
Winchester School of Art
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Scripps College, Denison Library
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
The Poetry Library
Columbia University, Butler Library
Bibliotheque nationale de Luxembourg
University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
University of Southern California (USC)
Harvard University Art Museums
Florida Atlantic University (FAU), The Jaffe Book Arts Collection
University of Kentucky
Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
Boston Public Library
The Claremont Colleges
The University of New Mexico (UNM)
University of Washington
San Diego State University (SDSU)
Stiftung Lyrik Kabinett
Australian War Memorial
University of Connecticut (UCONN)
Dartmouth College, Hood Museum
College of Saint Benedict; St. John's University
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF)
University of Califonia at Berkeley, The Bancroft Library
Ringling School of Art and Design
The University of Iowa (UIowa)
Franklin and Marshall College
University of Miami
Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room
Brooklyn Museum of Art
University of Utah
Sacramento Public Library
University of Central Florida (UCF)
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Yale University; Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
University of Delaware Library
Dartmouth College, Rauner Library
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Library of Congress (LoC)
University of Pittsburgh
Wellesley College, Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Harvard University, Widener Library
Wesleyan University, Olin Library