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Tom Marioni
Nationality: 
american
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1937
Birth Place: 
Cincinnati, Ohio
Conceptual sculptor, musician and performance artist Tom Marioni has been associated with Crown Point Press since 1974. Marioni’s first Crown Point project, “The Sun’s Reception,” 1974 (no. 41 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art ) is an etching he produced as “action” or performance art at a private residence in Sausalito, California. Outdoors, near a swimming pool, Marioni positioned a copper plate to reflect the sun’s image. Using an electric grinder he drew around the image while printmaking sounds were amplified for guests. The performance was documented and published in a book accompanying the print. “The Sun’s Reception” became a hallmark of Crown Point: to use etching, one of the oldest and most traditional printmaking processes, in nontraditional ways. Since 1974 Marioni has collaborated on many projects with Crown Point Press founder, Kathan Brown, and influenced the direction of the press. From 1975 to 1982 he was editor of Vision, an art journal published by Crown Point. When the press established a woodcut program in China (1988), he was one of the first artists to participate. His woodcut on silk, “Pi,” 1988 (no. 12 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art) is from this program. In 1996 Crown Point issued its first group portfolio, Gravure Group, which included Marioni’s “The Hand of the Artist,” 1995 (no. 169 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art ). In total, Marioni has completed nearly thirty editions at Crown Point. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. PERSONAL HISTORY: Tom Marioni was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1937. In 1983 he and Kathan Brown married. They live in San Francisco. EDUCATION: Marioni studied violin privately (1946-1950) and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (1954). From 1955 to 1959 he studied commercial and fine art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.