The Concept

Books may be fading, but they reemerge
 

The Artist

Marianne Lévai
has lived and worked in
New York since 1993
Contact: mariannelevai@mac.com

The Library Series explores how books slowly fade as repositories of history and tradition. For centuries, books used to express and conserve culture, but now they are increasingly replaced by purely digital media. Marianne Lévai takes books she considers relevant or not and renders them illegible by sealing them in encaustic medium. Then she attaches natural or man-made objects to them, thereby adding scientific, symbolic, and poetic significance. Thus the partially hidden book is enhanced with significance. In her endeavor to instill new life into the books the artist tries to meld social content relationships with purely personal associations.

 

Select Exhibitions

 

2020-2021:  Members’ Juried: Provincetown 400

at Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Cape Cod

2020-2021: Members' Open: Small Works at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod

2020: Members' Open: Freedom at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod

2019: Members' Open: Small Works at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod

2019:  Members' Juried Exhibition at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod

2019:  Open House Brooklyn Navy Yard

2019:  Group exhibition "Kindred Constructs", Yard Work Gallery, Brooklyn Navy Yard

2018-19:  Group exhibition “20 Year Anniversary” at Wuersch & Gering, New York 

2018:  Open House Brooklyn Navy Yard

2014:  9/11 Memorial Museum collection

2012:  Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2008-2009:  10th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Wuersch & Gering,New York

2007:  Group exhibition "Imprints" by ARTEON NY, Isona 57 Gallery

2004-07:  Conceptual art project “LaundroART” with Claire Ernst Christen

2003:  Group exhibition “Small Works”, 80 Washington Square East  Gallery, New York

2002-03:  Solo exhibition at Wuersch & Gering, New York, as part of SwisspeaksFESTIVAL

2002:  Installation at group exhibition “Artsthma”, Bronx River Art Center

2002:  Quilt for 9/11 project september11quilts.org, curated by Drunell Levinson

2002:  Group exhibition “Small Works”, 80 Washington Square East Gallery, New York

2002:  Design competition for Swiss Pavillon at planned French Expo in Seine-St-Denis, France

2001:  Group exhibition “Little Picture Show, Custer County Art Center, Montana

2001:  Group exhibition “Small Works”, 80 Washington Square East  Gallery, New York

2000:  Double exhibition, Atelier Portenier, Uffheim, France

2000:  Group exhibition, New Emporium Gallery, New Suffolk, NY

1999:  Double exhibition  “Nude Nature,”  La MaMa La Galleria, New  York

1998:  Group exhibition Visions from New York, locations in Switzerland and on the internet

1998:  Silent auction Swiss Institute NY

1998:  Ikebana installation at P.S.1, Citibank, New York

1998:  Group exhibition, Atelier Portenier, Uffheim, France

1997:  Ikebana installations, Swiss Institute New York

1996:  Ikebana installations and drawings, Swiss Institute New York

 

1996:  Ikebana installation, Kunsthalle New York

1993:  Group exhibition, Atelier Portenier, Uffheim, France

1992:  Solo exhibition, Werkraum Schlotterbeck, Basel, Switzerland