Percussion Works in Dry Fresco

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Violin Bird Nest, 2012 Graphite On Plaster 28 1/2" X 22", (Fr.) 34 3/4" X 27 3/4" © Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Paule Anglim
Percussion Works in Dry Fresco

14 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
September 5th, 2012 - October 6th, 2012
Opening: September 6th, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 10:30-5


Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to announce PERCUSSION WORKS IN DRY FRESCO, an exhibition of works by Tom Marioni. The works are the result of actions in the tradition of his performative drawings.


"To make this series of percussion drawings I use a pencil inserted in a two-foot-long piece of bamboo and beat the pencil against the surface.  I started out using rag paper, but literally bet the paper to a pulp.  These works are made as dry frescos in plaster.  They are an extension of the drum brush drawings I made in 1972."

- Tom Marioni


Tom Marioni is a founding member of San Francisco's conceptual art movement, recognized internationally for his work with sound, video, light and shadow, re-thinking the definition of art practice. In 1970 he opened the Museum of Conceptual Art, a vanguard alternative space, and, at the Oakland Museum exhibited The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, a seminal installation-performance work. 

Marioni's work is represented in the collections of MoMa New York, SFMOMA, The De Young Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.  A retrospective of his work Tom Marioni: Beer, Art and Philosophy was exhibited in 2006 at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.