Molly Springfield

Biography

Trace and reproduction are also central themes in Molly Springfield’s media-reflexive works. Drawings by Molly Springfield (*1977 in Columbia, S.C., lives and works in Washington, D.C.) show meticulously rendered photocopies of literary, philosophical, or photo-historical books. The graphite drawings not only depict the text, but also the notes, dog-ears and imperfections left on the pages by the processes of reading and photocopying. In an age of copy and paste Molly Springfield’s drawings invoke the spirit of passed down knowledge.

Through Springfield’s faithfully rendering every letter and every shadow by hand until they become abstract shapes no different from images, the drawings embrace the materiality of language and tie in with positions of conceptual art, but also reference historical discourses about the question of mechanical reproduction and its reverberations in visual art.


Biography

Born in 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Lives and works in Washington D.C., USA.

Education

2006

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Memphis

2004

M.F.A., University of California, Berkeley, California

2000

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1999

B.A., Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina

Grants and Awards

2022

Artist in Residence, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2020

Arts and Humanities Fellowship, D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities

2019

Arts and Humanities Fellowship, D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities

2018

Arts and Humanities Fellowship, D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities

2016

Visual Artist Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire

Artist in Residence, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia

Visual Artist Fellowship, D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities

2015

Visual Artist Fellowship, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities / National Endowment for the Arts

2014

Visual Artist Fellowship, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities / National Endowment for the Arts

2011

Visual Artist Fellowship, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities / National Endowment for the Arts

2009

Finalist, Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland

Finalist, The Trawick Prize, Bethesda Contemporary Art Award

Visual Artist Fellowship, D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities / National Endowment for the Arts

2008

Finalist, Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland

Finalist, The Trawick Prize, National Gallery of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship

Artist in Residence, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York

2006

Skowhegan Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2005

Grant, D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities / National Endowment for the Arts

2004

Eisner Prize for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts, University of California, Berkeley, California

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, California

2003

Full Tuition Grant, University of California, Berkeley, California

2002

Departmental Block Grant, University of California, Berkeley, California

Solo Exhibitions

2020

Molly Springfield. The Marginalia Archive, Gambrell Center for the Arts, Queens University, Charlotte, North Carolina

2017

Molly Springfield. Excerpts, Cody Gallery, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia

2015

Molly Springfield. This document, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Molly Springfield. The Marginalia Archive, Flashpoint, Washington, D.C.

2013

Molly Springfield. The Marginalia Archive, Steven Wolf Gallery, San Francisco, California

2012

Molly Springfield. The Proto-History of the Internet, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2009

Molly Springfield. Translation, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Molly Springfield. Translation, Steven Wolf Gallery, San Francisco, California

2008

Molly Springfield. The World is Full of Objects, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York

2007

Molly Springfield. The Real Object, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2006

Molly Springfield. Gentle Reader, Transformer, Washington, D.C.

Molly Springfield. They go on telling you just the same thing forever, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

2005

Molly Springfield. Anything we have not had to decipher on our own does not belong to us, JET, Washington, D.C.

2003

Molly Springfield. collecting/cataloguing/recording/seeing, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

Group Exhibitions

2030

The Collaborative: Interlude, The Kreeger Museum Georgetown, Washington D.C, District of Columbia, USA

2022

Take the Long Way Home, ARTspace, New York

Conference Call: Baxter Koziol and Molly Springfield, Skowhegan, New York City, New York

2020

BOOKS. An exhibition of books about art and art about books, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2019

Dialogues, STABLE, Washington, D.C.

Assembly 2019, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia

Incommunicado, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, Maryland

Distance, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, New York

2018

Proust, Williams Collection, Wellesley, Massachusetts

MICA Alumni Biennial Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Deep Dive, WAS Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland (with Suzanne Gold and Sandy Guttman)

Invitational Show, McNamee Gallery, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Montana

Drawing In/Drawing Out, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2017

Camp Artscape, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Dog and Pony Show: A Sondheim Alumni Exhibition, Area 405, Baltimore, Maryland

Greetings from Adams Morgan, DCAC, Washington, D.C.

Take Note, Gutstein Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, Georgia

Click Here, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia

2016

Homage, Williams Collection, Wellesley, Massachusetts

2015

Marginalias, Field Projects, New York

From Line to Constellation, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, curated by Francesca Capone Mood Board, Furthermore, Washington, D.C.

Select 2015: WPA’s 34th Annual Art Auction Exhibition, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2014

Art=Text=Art: Private Languages/Public Systems, UB Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, New York

Drawing Time, Reading Times, The Drawing Center, New, York

Autocorrect, Josée Bienvenue Gallery, New York

New Positions: Philipp Gronon, Owen Kydd, Molly Springfield, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Chick Lit: Revised Summer Reading, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York,

Slippage, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Maryland

Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, selections from the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection, Hafnarborg: The Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

2012

Graphite, curated by Sarah Urist Green, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, Buffalo, New York

FAX, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California; DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, Michigan and Salt Lake Art Center, Utah

Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, selections from the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

2011

Out of Print, Mercer Union, Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, selections from the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection, Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, Virginia

In – and outside – writing, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium

FAX, The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, London Gallery, London, UK; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee and St. Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2010

False Documents and Other Illusions, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Catalyst, American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Washington D.C.

Observant, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York

Beyond Text and Image: The Book as Art, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

On/Off the Grid, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C.

FAX, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, Cortland and New Galerie, Paris, France

2009

The Drawing Room, Mireille Mosler, Ltd., New York

Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite, The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana and The Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

FAX, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Plug in ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

X LIBRIS: The Repurposed Book, Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Trawick Prize: Contemporary Art Awards, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland

The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Finalist, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

2008

Tuttle, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida

The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Finalists, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Idiolects, BROWN Gallery, London, UK

Looking Back, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York

The Trawick Prize: Contemporary Art Awards, Heineman Myers Contemporary, Bethesda, Maryland

At Arm’s Length, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, New York

Lie to the Eye, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California

Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite, Western Washington University Gallery, Bellingham, Washington; Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas; Baum Gallery of Fine Art, University of Central Arkansas

2007

Simple, Dumb Objects, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

Kinsey Confidential, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia

Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California

The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists, Maryland Institute

College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, selected by Robert Storr (Yale School of Art), Becky Smith (Bellwether Gallery) and Derrick Adams (artist)

Simple, Dumb Objects, School 33, Baltimore, Maryland

Re Draw, curated by Katy Porte, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, New York

The Reality of Things: Trompe l’Oeil in America, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida

2006

Text Formed Drawing, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

Private Viewing, Whitney/Columbia Curatorial Studies Program, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York

Exchange, WPA/C, Baltimore, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia

The Trawick Prize, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland

Introductions, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Well Read, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, New York

2005

Circa 75, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California

Marking Traces, 33 Grand Gallery, Oakland, California

Seven, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, Washington, D.C.

Seeded: The Word/The Tree, RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2004

Land of the Free, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, California

Cream: From the Top, Arts Benicia, Benicia, California

Compass Points, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California

The Opening Band, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Equivalents and Analogues, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Drawing Sentences, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, California

Fluid Exchange, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California

Selected Bibliography

2020

Sarah Urist Green: You Are an Artist. Assignments to Spark Creation, The Art Assignment

2018

Ellen Mueller, Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles (Routledge Focus, New York)

2015

Molly Springfield. This document. Leporello, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2014

Excerpts (The Marginalia Archive), Art Papers, March/April

Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 3 (Triple Canopy, New York, and Sternberg Press, Berlin)

Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan, The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object (Chronicle Books, San Francisco)

2013

Zachary Sachs, Critics’ Picks: Drawing Time, Reading Time, Artforum.com, December

Ken Johnson, When How It Looks Matters More Than What It Says: ‘Drawing Time, Reading Time’ at the Drawing Center, The New York Times, November 22

Claire Gilman, Drawing Time, Reading Time, catalogue essay, The Drawing Center Claire Brandon, Molly Springfield, catalogue essay for Graphite, Indianapolis Museum of Art Brandon Brown, The Marginalia Archive, Art Practical, February

Kenneth Baker, Molly Springfield at Steven Wolf, San Francisco Chronicle, February 1

2012

Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 2 Triple Canopy, New York and Sternberg Press, Berlin

Philip Barlow, collector profile, The Studio Visit, August

Tracking Changes, Triple Canopy: Annotations, June 11

Rachel Wolff, Giving Graphite a Grand Show, The Wall Street Journal, December 21

Beth Capper, Molly Springfield at Thomas Robertello Gallery, Modern Painters, October

R.C. Baker, Art = Text = Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, The Village Voice, September

Martyn Pedler, Empty Bottles and Personal Alphabets: It Is Almost That, Bookslut, August

Randall Miller, Molly Springfield and ‘The Proto – History of the Internet’, Daily Serving, June 28

Stacia Yeapanis, OthersPeoplesPixels Interviews Molly Springfield, Opp Artist Blog, May 3

2011

Lisa Pearson, Ed. It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image + Text Work by Women Artists & Writers (Siglio Press, Los Angeles) Lily Cox-Richard, artist profile, The Studio Visit, June

It Is Almost That (box), limited edition boxed set of ten saddle-stitched artist booklets (Siglio Press, Los Angeles)

100 Artists of Washington, edited by F. Lennox Campello (Schiffer Publishing Inc.)

John Priestly, Art=Text=Art, Art Papers, November/December

Joan Waltemath, Art=Text=Art curated by Elizabeth Schlatter, The Brooklyn Rail, October

Ingrid Langston, Molly Springfield, catalogue essay for Art=Text=Art, selections from the Sally and Wynn Kramarksy Collection

Nancy Princenthal, It Is Almost That (book review), Art In Print, September-October, Vol. 1 No. 3

Russell Smith, Regarding the book’s mortality, and also its surreal charm, The Globe And Mail (Toronto), January 12

Sean Prpick, Closing the Book, CBC—Radio Canada, January 31

2010

Daniel Kany, ‘False Documents’ is genuinely excellent, The Portland Press Herald, December 5

Michael O’Sullivan, ‘Catalyst’ looks at WPA, a place Washington area artists have called home, Washington Post, November 18

Inside the Mundaneum, Triple Canopy, Issue 8, March

Gretchen Schermerhorn, artist profile, The Studio Visit, December

Noelle Tan, artist profile, The Studio Visit, May Bill Berkson and Molly Springfield, Translation and Dear Molly Proust, Big Bridge, Issue 14

Annie Larmon,’Trompe L’oeil: False Documents & Other Illusions’, The Portland Phoenix, November 3

Rob Walker, Art That Sells Itself, The New York Times Magazine, May 8

Louis Jacobson, ‘On/Off the Grid’ at Irvine Contemporary, Washington City Paper, February 24

2009

Jason Foumberg, Eat Your Words But Don’t Go Hungry (Molly Springfield at Thomas Robertello Gallery), Newcity Art, September 14

Lauren Viera, Our favorite fall art shows in Chicago, Chicago Tribune, September 11

Michael O’Sullivan, Competition brings artists down to earth, Washington Post, September 11

Mary Carole McCauley, As Faxes Fade, They Become Art: Contemporary Museum’s touring show features spontaneity, randomness, Baltimore Sun, September 10

Candice Weber, Molly Springfield, Translation, Art Talk Chicago, September

Karsten Lund, Molly Springfield: Translation, Flavorpill Chicago, September 5

Bret McCabe, The 2009 Sondheim Prize: Molly Springfield, Baltimore City Paper, July 8

Tim Smith, Sondheim finalists present collage of ideas, Baltimore Sun, June 28

Martin L. Johnson, Signs of the Times, Baltimore City Paper, April 14

Johnny Ray Houston, Copy This, San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 11

Kenneth Baker, Proust in “Translation” at Wolf, San Francisco Chronicle, February 28

Tiffany Maleshefski, Drawings found in ‘Translation’, San Francisco Examiner, February 26

2008

Martin L. Johnson, The Sondheim Prize: Molly Springfield, Baltimore City Paper, July 9

Looking Back, Goings on About Town, The New Yorker, July 7 & 14

Edward Gunts, Sondheim finalists’ work reflect changing world, The Baltimore Sun, June 29

Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Molly Springfield, Artforum, March

Andy Kozlowski, Leaded, Art Papers, January/February

Amoreen Armetta, Molly Springfield, Artforum, January/February

R.C. Baker, Best in Show: Molly Springfield, Village Voice, January 2

2007

Alisha Kerlin, Full of Objects, Again, Gay City Times, December 20

Alan Artner, Photos spur closer scrutiny of subjects, Chicago Tribune, May 4

Craig Drennen, Interview with Molly Springfield, Drain Magazine, Issue 8 (Spring)

Kristin Gehring, On the Scene, Chicago Journal, April 25

Rodger Stevens, Redraw, Williamsburg And Greenpoint Monthly Art Guide, March 1

Voices: Molly Springfield, NY Arts Magazine, November

2006

Peter Winant, Best Bet: Molly Springfield’s Gentle Reader, WETA-TV (PBS), November

Jeffry Cudlin, Molly Springfield: Gentle Reader, Washington City Paper, November 3

Michael O’Sullivan, Trawick Prize Winners’ Attention to Details, Washington Post, Sept. 22

Well Read, Goings on About Town, The New Yorker, May 8

Michael O’Sullivan, Text: Reading Between the Lines, Washington Post, April 7

Huan Hsu, Text Messaging: With a photocopier and a pencil, Molly Springfield draws meaning from the printed page, Washington City Paper, March 23

Glen Helfand, Knockoffs: Kaz Oshiro and Molly Springfield repurpose your junk, San Francisco Bay Guardian, February 22

The Bookshelf: Molly Springfield, College Art Association News, September

2005

Kriston Capps, Top Ten Gallery Shows from 2005, DCIST, December 30

Jessica Dawson, Molly Springfield: Still Passing Notes In Class, Washington Post, March

Public Collections

City Hall Art Collection, Washington, D.C.

Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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