projects > The Marginalia Archive

An ongoing project started in 2007 that explores the relationships readers have with text. The source material—contemporary examples of marginalia—is repurposed into a functioning archive that viewers can access and contribute to during the course of the exhibition.

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Reading at Brown University's Interrupt 3 conference, March 13, 2015
Review by Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle, February 1, 2013
Review by Brandon Brown in Art Practical

Project exhibition history:
Take Note, SCAD, Savannah, GA, February 2-April 17, 2017
Marginalias, Field Projects, New York, NY, September 3-October 24, 2015
The Marginalia Archive, Flashpoint, Washington, DC, May 1-31, 2015
From Line to Constellation, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown, University, March 12 - April 10, 2015
Autocorrect, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, July 25 - September 14, 2013
Slippage, Towson University, Maryland, July 6-August 3, 2013
The Marginalia Archive, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, January 26 - March 23, 2013
Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, September 20 - December 8, 2012
In-and outside-writing, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium, May 21 - July 17, 2011
Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, April 1-30, 2011

Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
On table and wall-mounted shelf: binders with participant forms and contributions, office supplies, and in box for viewers to leave contributions during the course of the exhibition. On wall: participant contributions.
Installation view at the Gustein Gallery, SCAD.
2017
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
photocopy and ink on paper
2007
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
photocopy and ink on paper
2009
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
42 x 180 inches (each panel 42 x 32 inches) Installation view at the Gustein Gallery, SCAD.
2015
Commander Lowell (detail)
graphite on paper
42 x 32 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
Installation view at the Gustein Gallery, SCAD.
2017
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
34 x 25.5 inches (each panel 16.5 x 25.5 inches)
2016
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
16.5 x 25.5 inches
2016
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
16.5 x 25.5 inches
2016
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
16.5 x 25.5 inches
2016
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
16.5 x 25.5 inches
2016
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
16.5 x 25.5 inches
2016
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
Installation at Flashpoint Gallery
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
32 x 42 inches
2014
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
8.5 x 11 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
Photocopier and selected participant contributions
Installation at Flashpoint Gallery
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
Installation at Flashpoint Gallery
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
Installation at Flashpoint Gallery
2015
165 th
graphite on paper
17 x 23 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
17 x 23 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
17 x 23 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
17 x 23 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
17 x 23 inches
2015
The Marginalia Archive
Installation view of display cases in DC's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library containing annotated books from the library’s collection and graphite on paper drawings.
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
Installation view of display cases in DC's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library containing annotated books from the library’s collection and graphite on paper drawings.
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing photocopy marginalia
graphite on paper
17 x 23 inches
2015
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
Installation view at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco.
2013
molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
graphite and ink on paper
11 x 17 inches
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
Installation view at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco.
2013
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
photocopy and ink on paper
2007
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
photocopy and ink on paper
2007
Molly Springfield artist marginalia
Installation view at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco.
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
graphite on paper
44 x 114 inches (each panel 44 x 33 inches)
2012
Molly Springfield artist text drawing marginalia
graphite on paper
44 x 114 inches (each panel 44 x 34 inches)
2012
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
graphite on paper
11 x 45 inches (each panel 11 x 8.5 inches)
2013
marginalia archive molly springfield
Installation view at Center Art Gallery, Calvin College.
2011
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
27.5 x 21.5 inches each
2011
Molly Springfield text drawing marginalia archive
Graphite on paper
27.5 x 21.5 inches
2011