Marc Dombrosky

Every handmade mark (whether names, phone numbers, drawings of eagles' heads, directions to someone's home, a prescription, a plea for the purchase of used flooring, or a phrenology diagram) on any scrap of paper or cardboard that Marc Dombrosky finds is salvaged and embroidered over with thread that most closely approximates the mark underneath it, in both line weight and color. Each successive found scrap expands (and complicates) the project. What may be a quiet walk from the bus stop to the convenience store is abruptly charged by a chance encounter with an emphatically scrawled rough draft for a first novel, wet and pockmarked from the asphalt.

Marc Dombrosky is based in Eau Claire, Michigan. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally including Portland Art Museum (solo) (Portland, OR); Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO); Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA); Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI); Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA); Museum of Northwest Art (La Conner, WA); Whatcom Museum (Bellingham, WA); Clark County Government Center (Las Vegas, NV); Gregg Museum of Art and Design (Raleigh, NC).

He is Chair of the Department of Visual + Performing Arts and Gallery Director at Southwestern Michigan College, in Dowagiac, MI. 

 

SELF AWARNESS 

Case 1 / Untitled (Sleepwalker2017, 29 elements: blown glass vessel, twelve (12) hand-embroidered found papers, folded paper sculpture, glazed ceramic tile, blown fuse, dried cactus flowers, dried lavender, handmade paper, found photographs and magazine clippings, two (2) schematic drawings, set of three (3) Xerox prints (edition 1/5); case is a Century Archival Storage box measuring 12.375 x 9.375 x 2 inches, closed $2,500

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Case 2 / Untitled (Sweetheart) 2017, 18 elements: sixteen (16) hand-embroidered found papers, cards, and envelopes; 1981 Birds of the United States calendar sheet, torn cover of Power (vol. 1 no. 1); case is a Century Archival Storage box measuring 12.375 x 9.375 x 1 inches, closed, $1,500

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Case 3 / Untitled (You Most Likely Can do it. Good luck) 2017, 27 elements: twenty-one (21) hand-embroidered found papers, octopus pin, raffle tickets, found magazine clippings;case is a Century Archival Storage box measuring 12.375 x 9.375 x 1 inches, closed, $2,000

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Case 4 / Untitled (Tim Tebow, Taylor Swift is Calling.) 2017, 31 elements: twenty-eight (28) hand-embroidered found papers, found magazine clipping, graphite/ink drawing, set of three (3) Xerox prints (edition 2/5), $2,000

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Case 5 / Untitled (I hate Andrew) 2017, 40 elements: thirty-seven (37) hand-embroidered found papers and envelope, printed paper fragments, Foster Grant prescription reading glasses; case is a Century Archival Storage box measuring 12.375 x 9.375 x 1 inches, closed, $2,000

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Case 6 / Untitled (Love Stinky) 2017, 34 elements: thirty-four (34) hand-embroidered found papers; case is a Century Archival Storage box measuring 12.375 x 9.375 x 1 inches, closed, $2,500

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Case 7 / Untitled (Looks Like horse or dog’s head2017, 35 elements: blown glass vessel, shed snake skin, imitation pearl, dried lavender, twelve (12) hand-embroidered found papers, folded paper sculpture, robin’s nest, gold twist tie ring, hand-embroidered handkerchief, found magazine clippings and envelopes, set of three Xerox prints (edition 3/5), four (4) schematic drawings, copper pipe, ribbon; case is a Century Archival Storage box measuring 12.375 x 9.375 x 2 inches, closed, $2,500

“Hand-embroidery overwriting on found texts and images unites works within a group (and all groups together, like chapters)—the thread that doubles written marks recounts stories, slows process, and perforates meaning. Works by the same anonymous authors are grouped together for consistency in these sets. The cases function as archives of vague associations—one work pointing towards the next, caught in a moving web/stream. Sleepwalking. Fragments from past projects mingle with new elements designed specifically for these arrangements, opens new possible interpretations, guided. Objects, schematics, and working notes shape atmosphere. Recombinant automatism—inventing fluid sequences and conjuring personal, intimate organizations. Future, present, and past circle back on one another. Slowness disorients.”

The title of the exhibition, Self Awarness, comes from a fragment in Case 5 / Untitled (I hate Andrew).

 

All embroidered works on paper are signed and each case is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Please contact gallery (info@platformgallery.com) for additional specifications or images of any case.

 

Who Throws Their Sister to the Wolves Under the Bus?

Installation view from the 2014 exhibition


Additional Inventory

FOR SALE 2009, embroidery on cardboard box, 12 x 13 x 19.5 inches, $1,200

UNTITLED (425), 2009, embroidery on found paper, 4.25 x 3 inches, dated and signed, $400

 
 

BENTLEY, undated, embroidery on found car key tag, 1.5 x 2.75 inches, $200

I (HEART) BÍCHONS, undated, embroidery on found note paper, 4 x 6 inches, each, $800

TAKING A NAP 2008, embroidery on found note paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, title and date on back in pencil, $800 unframed

HI RHYNO undated, embroidery on found paper with tape, 8.5 x 6 inches, $600

 

UNTITLED (Two Faces) 2006, embroidery on found notebook paper, 5 x 3 inches, $300 unframed

YOUR BOY HUDSON 2010–2011, embroidery on found paper, 11 x 8.5 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $400

DEAREST SUSAN 2004, embroidery on found notecard, 8 x 4.75 inches (inside and outside views), $600

YOU ARE HAPPY 2007, embroidery on found folded paper, 2.5 x 5 inches (folded), $300

 

ACCOMPLISHED LIST 2014, embroidery on found note paper, 5.5 x 4 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $300

HUH?! 2008, embroidery on found cardboard, 9 x 6 inches, signed and dated in pencil on the back, $800

ABJECTION undated, embroidery on found paper, 3 inches diameter, $400

HERE'S THE STUFF MAN undated, embroidery on found paper, 3.5 x 5 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $200

BUT IT IS NOT POO 2012, embroidery on found PostIt, 5 x 3 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $400

AL-YOU HAVE A MESSAGE! 2013, embroidery on found paper, 3.75 x 4.25 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $150

SO ARE YOU THROWING AWAY THE LETTERS... undated, embroidery on found postcard addressed to Nirvana,
5.5 x 3.5 inches, $600