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Museum Research and Records: Marshall Ellott, The Ripped Image

Not on view
6/6/2018 - 7/22/2018
Organizing institution: Mills College Art Museum

Within MCAM’s collection areas, the locations of three prints dating back to the Renaissance are currently unknown. For The Ripped Image, artist Marshall Elliott projects digital images of these vanished prints, categorized as missing in the Museum’s object files, onto a motorized reflective pennant banner, abstracting the images into traces of light. Acknowledging the images as mnemonic copies of objects that were once available for study in person, the installation makes no effort to depict the original artworks. Instead, Elliott unfaithfully replicates them as source material for a light show that fills Museum Records & Research’s operating space.


Marshall Elliott received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and BA degrees in Film Studies and English Literature at the University of Colorado. He has exhibited at spaces such as the deYoung museum, The Headlands Center for the Arts, City Limits, and the Jules Maeght Gallery, and is an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands. He currently lives in Oakland.

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