Marsha Cottrell

55 Washington Street, Suite 258

Cottrell’s studio practice is centered around the quotidian office computer and printer. Within the rational environment of an offline digital workspace she has foregrounded the expressive nature of carbon-based toner and developed a distinctive process and body of work that bridges drawing, printmaking, painting and photography. Mathematically defined lines and shapes selected from the software’s tool palette—described by Cottrell as “templates for mark-making” placed on a digital page “absent of gravity”—are shifted, scaled, and registered sequentially in multiple passes onto sheets of handmade paper. There is no corresponding file that represents the final image; instead, flat shapes accumulate in translucent layers, creating luminous images that span visible nature and interior landscape, melding the corporeal with the intangible.

Cottrell has had solo exhibitions at Van Doren Waxter in New York, Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, Eleven Rivington in New York and Petra Rinck in Dusseldorf. She will have her first solo museum show at CAM Raleigh in 2019. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Modern Painters, among many others.

She has received awards from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Pollock Krasner Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. Cottrell’s work is included public collections of the The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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