The Marginalia Archive
For Molly Springfield's new show at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, the Washington, DC-based artist will install her marginalia archive, an interactive installation that explores the relationships readers have with text. The source material—contemporary examples of marginalia (readers' annotations of texts) that Springfield has been collecting since 2007—is repurposed into a functioning archive that viewers can access and contribute to during the course of the exhibition.
Springfield uses the marginalia as source material for drawings. As in her previous work, the drawings blur boundaries between writing and drawing and reading and seeing. But in these new, multi-panel drawings Springfield also plays with enlarging text and image to underscore both the endurance and breakdown of the materiality of language in contemporary digital culture.
Visitors to the gallery are invited to contribute marginalia to the archive at any point during the exhibition. A copier machine will be in the gallery to facilitate participation and Springfield will be present throughout the day of the opening to receive and process submissions in person and to discuss the archive with visitors.
Springfield holds an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Her drawing Translation, exhibited at Steven Wolf Fine Arts in 2009, is currently on view in Graphite at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through April 7.