What are you working on now? Marc Dombrosky

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What are you working on now? is a new Settlers + Nomads series where we ask artists what they are making and thinking about in and outside the studio. 

Marc Dombrosky

Last year I took hundreds of loose sheets of found paper that I've spent years overwriting with matching embroidery thread and started sequencing them into boxed portfolio sets, organized loosely around certain themes. These are lost notes, crumpled drawings, scribbled memos, anything with handwriting really, and my most recent work (alongside continually adding to the sets with new embroidery/overwriting) has been to transcribe all of the writing from these sheets, building a parallel text; a written work fixed into a discrete form, perhaps different from the experience of sorting through loose sheets trying to find common threads. Maybe a companion then, something mirroring or skewing the random order?

 Marc Dombrosky,   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. From the series "Self Awareness." 

Marc Dombrosky, 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. From the series "Self Awareness." 

Transcription for Case 3 [previously unpublished]:

Welcome:
Hope You Enjoy
Your Stay
Victoria

ATLAS

Can you ask the closed
caption lady that
if we go beyond 3:30pm,
can she go back + do
cc for whatever happened
after 3:30pm later?

Princess
Trocken
Million 1999
1999 Sign the Bear
Leopard
Fish
Happy
Tiny
Fez

Enjoy your
Stay

Enjoy your
Stay

new girl
cheeks shoes
the spray paint

2099

Next Day Delivery
on most

Brickens
Pants for kids with
one leg longer than
the other

Awesome!!! Light
Project
VS space
Room

You
Most Likely
Can do it.

Good luck

Goodnight

 

The photographs I'm sharing here are images that were all shot in southwestern Michigan, most within about a mile of our home. They are some of the sites and objects I pass and think about when I'm writing, reading, sewing, and sorting these sets. These images are another layer, a back story perhaps.   

 

Marc Dombrosky serves as Chair of the Department of Visual + Performing Arts and Gallery Director at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI. His projects have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally including Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR (solo); Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV. His work is represented by Platform Gallery in Seattle, WA.

All images Marc Dombrosky.