Press Release

During September and October, George Adams Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by James Valerio in the main gallery space. Concurrently in the drawing gallery will be the debut exhibition of collage works by Charles Marsh.

Charles Marsh: Collages ©1990-2000 is the posthumous solo debut of New York artist Charles Marsh.  Born in 1944 in Greenville, SC, Marsh later moved to New York City with his mother and stepfather. In the early 1960's, he ran away from military school and lived in San Francisco, where he was introduced to the work of Bay Area artists, notably Bruce Conner, George Hermes and Jess. He then moved to London where he remained for ten years before returning to New York in the 1980s. While he never exhibited his work in New York, he became involved in the art scene living in the East Village and working as a freelance art handler and, later, at the New Museum.  The exhibition features a selection of his collages made between 1988 and his death in 2000.  Utilizing flea market frames, images compiled from stacks of old magazines and an odd variety of objects, including plastic insects, medical supplies, feathers and butterfly wings, Marsh's collages present a personal and elaborate cosmology.

Charles Marsh: Collages ©1990-2000 will be on view through October 27th.


1. Untitled (Lady with Wings in Movie Set)
c. 1990
Glitter and paper collage on board
31 1/4 x 23 x 1 inches
CMard 55

2. Untitled (Skull with Petals and Feather)
c. 1990
Paper collage flower petal and feather on board
15 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 1 inch
CMard 52

3. Untitled (New Trubyte)
c. 1990
paper collage and ink on board
16 x 13 x 3/4 inches
CMard 26

4. Untitled (Owl with butterfly wings and flowers), c. 1990
Paper collage with ink on board
12 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches
CMard 46

5. Untitled (Woman in Cannon)
c. 1990
Paper collage, ink, glitter, acrylic on board
17 1/4 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches
CMard 43

6. Untitled (String Ball with Wings)
c. 1990
Plastic, metal, photograph on board
11 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 1 inches
CMard 58

7. Untitled (Nude female with golden wings)
c. 1990
Paper collage and mixed media on board
15 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 1 inch
CMard 51

8. Untitled (Carrot Mound with two legs surrounded by smoke)
c. 1990
Paper collage, ink, acrylic on board
11 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 2 inches
CMard 16

9. Untitled (Black and White Chandelier)
c. 1990
Pins, plastic flies, paper collage on board
29 x 21 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches
CMard 54

10. Untitled (Close up of a woman holding a (human-like creature), c. 1990
Paper collage, ink, acrylic, butterfly wings on board
23 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 inches
CMard 47

11. Untitled (IMP)
c. 1990
Feathers, butterfly, found objects on board
9 x 6 3/4 x 2 inches
CMard 57

12. Untitled (Human Anatomy dissection)
c. 1990
Paper collage, copper wire, plastic objects and mixed media on board
21 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 2 inches
CMard 48