Based in Brooklyn, New York, Marshall Weber received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981, and went on to co-f0und Artists Television Access, one of the longest (still) running alternative media art centres in the USA. In 1999 he co-founded and is now a Directing Curator of Booklyn, an artist-run, not-for-profit consensus-governed, artist and bookmakers organisation that publishes and distributes artworks and programming that further social justice causes.
Weber was an Interdisciplinary Arts Fellow of both the New York Foundation for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Art Matters.
He has significant bodies of work in: artists’ books, collage, drawing, poetry, printing, video, social practice, and public endurance performance which is exhibited and collected internationally, including in: the Australian War Museum, Canberra; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Institution, WDC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, London.
They Passed into the Light is a collaboration between artist Marshall Weber and world renowned photographer and human rights activist, Tim Page. On found drawings, photographs, etchings, ink jet, photo-litho, silkscreen and other print media – with imagery mostly by Page, with several other photojournalists – the text is wax rubbing collage and mono-print, ink and natural pigment painting. The plaque matrices for the rubbings are from historical markers and memorials in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the USA. The text has a visual concrete poetry collage approach with a critical and emotional perspective on conventional history and memorials. The point is not just to make the public aware of the plaques, but to throw the heraldic verbiage and the military aesthetics of the State and Corporate powers back into the popular discourse in honour of the dislocated communities who are invariably represented in these plaques.
The book comes in an archival box with a rare Tim Page Requiem book element pasted on the covers.