Quite Contrary Press Unique sculptures and small edition multiples by Mary V. Marsh and Tony Bellaver, made in Oakland individually and collaboratively.
Responsive and proactive, we present a synthesis of two approaches of understanding the human environment and the natural environment. We stand apart as voyeurs, responding to what we see, and at the same time are active contributors. As a team, we put ourselves in the natural environment somewhere between viewer and participant. In our studio, Quite Contrary Press has become the expression of that experimentation, like a foundry using ideas and experience to craft words, images and objects, collaboratively and individually.
Journals and diaries provide the source for projects and research. Patterns of daily activities and observations are recorded. Maps, drawings, photographs and objects collected are incorporated in a layered story of our journeys to create texture and meaning in our diary-like works. Notes and ideas are synthesized with images into prints, artists books and assemblages.