AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present the exhibition Gods and Men by China Marks, on display from September 8, 2017 through October 6, 2017 in the Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry and Clifford B. West Gallery. A reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Friday, September 8 from 5 to 7pm.
China Marks, born in Kansas City, MO and currently living in Long Island City, earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to Katmandu, Nepal; three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and most recently, a 2017 fellowship through the New York Foundation for the Arts. Marks’ work is shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe including: the Owen James Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY; the Hampden Gallery in Amherst, MA and the Center for Book Arts in NYC.
For her exhibition at AVA, Marks will show drawings created on an industrial sewing machine. She layers a variety of fabrics and threads to create complex sewn narrative drawings. Marks states: “This medium has such richness that it will take the rest of my life to unpack its possibilities. It makes use of everything I have ever done or known. I find the very process of making a sewn drawing deeply interesting. Though it is very hard work, with thousands of knots to be tied and interminable doing, undoing, and re-doing until I get it right, I have given myself over it, becoming in effect as much an instrument of the process as any of my machines. “
China Marks will give a gallery talk on Friday, September 8 at 4pm. The talk is free and open to the public.