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Maria Marshall: New Works

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Monday, January 10, 2000–Saturday, February 05, 2000
Location:
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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Maria Marshall’s work layers corrupt adult behavior onto the assumed innocence of childhood, revealing the childish desires supporting “mature” culture. For this exhibition, Gallery 400 presented two films: When I Grow Up I Want to be a Cooker (1998), a densely montaged film that exists almost exclusively in the realm of the close-up, and Once Up On (1999), which relies heavily on the location of a schoolyard. Gallery 400 also presented a new series of six rarely exhibited cibachrome photographs entitled This game goes on forever till it falls off.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Cooker is a 20-second video of a little boy smoking a cigarette. He sucks on the cigarette, deeply inhales and luxuriantly blows out smoke rings. For twenty seconds he blows rings, filling the entire frame with smoke, and then the cycle starts again. Although visually convincing to the point of disturbing its viewers, this video was created through digital manipulation. Marshall digitized film of her son playing with a toy cigarette, mixed it with footage of smoking adults, and finally manipulated the smoke rings using special effects. Due to the quality of the film and the elegance of the digitalization, Marshall’s video is lush, intimate, and sensual. The boy seduces our gaze and returns it unequivocally in what appears to be a disconcerting endorsement of corruption.

Marshall’s newest work, Once Up On, focused on a children’s playground photographed from a Dutch angle. Once digitalized, Marshall removed the frames that did not include people, and then distorted the speed of the action. The recorded events, which include children’s games and other typical playlot activities, race by, while voice-over narration recounts a militarized, discordant reinterpretation of The Three Little Pigs through a child’s eyes.

Selections from a very recent series of photographic works by Marshall were included in the exhibition. These images, of multiple children sitting behind a table with various table settings and scenes, play to both the history of painting and to that of photography.

Maria Marshall was born in Bombay in 1966 and currently lives and works in London. This was her first exhibition in the Midwest.

PRESS RELEASE

Maria Marshall
New Works

Gallery 400
Chicago, IL
January 10–February 5, 2000

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13, 2000, 4-7 pm
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, January 13, 2000, 5 pm

Maria Marshall was born in Bombay in 1966 and currently lives and works in London. This will be her first exhibition in the midwest. Team Gallery in New York represents her.

Gallery 400 will present two films: When I Grow Up I Want to be a Cooker (l998) a densely montaged film which exists almost exclusively in the realm of the close-up, and Once Up On (1999) which relies heavily on the location of a schoolyard. Gallery 400 will also present a new series of six cibachrome photographs titled This game goes on forever till it falls off.

Marshall’s newest work Once Up On focuses on a children’s playground photographed from a dutch angle. Once digitalized, Marshall removes the frames that did not include people, and then distorted the speed of the action. The recorded events, which include children’s games and other typical playlot activities, race by while voice-over narration recounts a militarized, discordant reinterpretation of “The Three Little Pigs” through a child’s eyes.

Selections from a very recent series of photographic works by Marshall are included in the exhibition. These images, of multiple children sitting behind a table with various table settings and scenes, play to both the history of painting and to that of photography.

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Postcard: Maria Marshall: New Works – Opening Reception

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Maria Marshall

Once Up On, 1999
Video, 02:00 min.

This game goes on forever till it falls off. Castle, 1999
Cibachrome print, 48 x 69 in.

This game goes on forever till it falls off. Fire, 1999
Cibachrome print, 48 x 69 in.

This game goes on forever till it falls off. Grapes, 1999
Cibachrome print, 48 x 69 in.

This game goes on forever till it falls off. Paper, 1999
Cibachrome print, 48 x 69 in.

This game goes on forever till it falls off. Pig, 1999
Cibachrome print, 48 x 69 in.

This game goes on forever till it falls off. Spill,
1999
Cibachrome print, 48 x 69 in.

When I grow up I want to be a cooker, 1998
Video, 00:20 min.

Maria Marshall HeadshotConceptual filmmaker Maria Marshall was born in 1966 in Bombay, India to Iraqi-Jewish parents. She currently lives and works in London. Marshall is best known for her video works. They often take her two sons, Raphael and Jacob as their subjects, and through structurally simple looped mini-movies explore in a complex and sophisticated way our preconceptions about childhood and the way in which looking through the eyes of a child can give us a particularly powerful perspective on our adult world. Marshall’s film works are often seamlessly digitally manipulated to create a discomfort in the viewer as he or she confronts the child’s gaze. Maria Marshall has exhibited widely internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Herzilaya Museum, Israel (2004); Salon 94, New York (2003); The Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002); the Swiss Institute Project Space, New York (2002); Site Gallery, Sheffield(2002); and Team Gallery, New York. Her work is represented in major museum and important private collections around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marshall received her education at Wimbledon School of Art and Chelsea School of Art in London and went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, Switzerland.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Maria Marshall: New Works is made possible by the College of Architecture and the Arts, the School of Art and Design, and supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.