Gallery 1 & 2 : RUTH MARSHALL

Gallery 3: MARK ESPER (Preview)

Dates: Nov 17- Dec 17, 2006
Reception: Friday, Nov 17, 7-10pm

Hours: Fri. 3-8, Sat. & Sun. 12-6pm or by appt.
Contact: Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery
38 Marcy Ave. Brooklyn. NY 11211

Directions: L to Lorimer. Exit near token booth. Metropolitan under BQE.Left on Marcy. Distance from train: 3 bl
(Corner of Marcy Avenue and Hope Street)

(detail of "Viper" by Ruth Marshall)

(selections from Snake Series by Ruth Marshall)



For Immediate Release: Color and texture can be a thing of beauty in the animal kingdom... But this allure can be dangerous...

(Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Ruth Marshall’s latest work translates the complex designs of nature into hand knit textiles. As accurate as humanly possible, Marshall's pelts and skins document the color, pattern, size and feel of intensely studied animal subjects from the Bronx Zoo. The artist is so precise in cases that a single chosen stitch equates to an actual individual scale. Marshall strives to capture the beauty of an animal's skin, record the significance of coloration and patterns in nature, and address the imposed and inherent symbolism in nature's system of markings.

Last December at -scopeMiami, Marshall's textiles debuted with rave reviews. In one weekend, Marshall was selected for institutional exhibits and sold out her body of textiles. Afterward, Marshall headed back into her studio and feverishly finished two major pieces. These pieces, the "Coral Snake Series" and "Ivy (the Snow Leopard)" are exhibited this November and December with Dam, Stuhltrager in Brooklyn and Miami.

ABOUT "THE CORAL SNAKE SERIES": Time and again, coral snakes (genus name 'Micrurus') are described as being poorly understood. Nature identifies this species of snakes as dangerous with bright and elaborate markings. The animal kingdom respects the warning...

After consulting with herpetologists at the Bronx Zoo, Marshall began her series based on coral snakes. Her ambitious project, the "Coral Snake Series", includes a knit skin of every single snake in species. Just back from display at MassArt, all sixty eight skins in the series fill Gallery One.

Her subject, coral snakes, are in the “Elapidae” family. Snakes in this classification (shared with cobras, mambas, and sea snakes) all feature extremely dangerous neurotoxic venom which labels them with a mystic and often fearful understanding from humans.

(Primary Source Material: "Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere", Jonathan A. Campbell & William W. Lamar, (aka the snake bible) new edition of 2005.)

Along with "Coral Snake Series", a selection of the Marshall's most pivotal past work will be exhibited including "Viper", the artist's very first textile work.

ARTIST STATEMENT ON "THE CORAL SNAKE SERIES": Often these secretive snakes are rare and endangered, numerous species have not been photographed or studied in depth. Between 1985 and 2005 thirteen new species have been discovered or reclassified. Why, I ask myself, in this new 21st century, gripped by the 'old', cold fact of habitat loss and species decline do I feel an almost romantic urge to try and say new things about a disappearing world of which there is still so much to discover?

ABOUT "IVY THE SNOW LEOPARD": After years in a studio behind the Snow Leopard exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, Marshall's largest piece to date was inspired by the cats she works so close to. Her hand knit pelt of Ivy, with large spotted grey rosettes on a dusky oatmeal background, spans over 6 feet in each direction. Just finished, this piece is unveiled in Brooklyn for the first two weeks of the exhibit before traveling to Florida to be the featured piece at -scopeMiami.


2006 Recipient of the Bronx Council of the Arts Grant

9/4-10/14 "Crafty" at MassArt in Boston, MA

11/17-12/17 "Ruth Marshall" at Dam, Stuhltrager in Brooklyn, NY

12/7-12/10 "Ivy", featured artist at -scopeMiami with Dam, Stuhltrager

12/20-12/24 "Contemporary Istanbul", Istanbul Turkey with Dam, Stuhltrager

1/25-5/6 "Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting", Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY



Special Preview! IN GALLERY 3: In conjunction with Ruth Marshall's textiles, Mark Esper will preview "Weaver" an interactive light sculpture that is apart of his upcoming January 2007 solo exhibit at Dam, Stuhltrager.



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