In 2008, Gravity Free Press was created to show, publish and distribute Marc Shanker’s artwork, books, broadsides and collaborative undertakings with other artists, especially writers and poets. 

Working "high and low,"  Marc's childlike, naive style, uses humor, irony and paradox to reference existential questions, and issues regarding art, language and contemporary social problems.  His subjects range from the Ladino proverbs of the Sephardic Jews to the complexities and absurdities of modern life.

Having grown-up  in the Boulevard Housing Projects in East New York, Brooklyn, Marc attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and later studied Sociology at Brooklyn College.  He trained as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor for the Blind but spent the greater part of his working life in administrative positions in the labor movement.

The Projects, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30," 2006

The Projects, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30," 2006

After college, Marc began to make art.  He rejected a formal art education preferring instead to struggle alone toward a realization of his own unique style and content.  Marc paints with acrylics, draws with wax crayons and pen & ink, constructs collages and is a print maker.

He is the author of Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad), Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs and a number of artist books, including But a Bubble;  Man, A Machine of Absurdities;  Message from the Memoirist, published by Dos Madres Press in 2015, includes 23 of Marc's images with poems by Paul Pines. His most recent publications are Luna Park, and Cheap Gems, Precious Stones.

Visit the Studio

If you would like to arrange a visit to Marc's studio in New York City, please get in touch

 

Solo Shows

  • Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley,
      Los Gatos, CA                                                                                                     May - June 2017
  • Osher Marin JCC | Center for Jewish Peoplehood, San Rafael, CA      January - March 2017
  • Luna Park, Artspace. Hudson Falls, NY                                                                                2016
  • Traces of Sepharad, New York Public Library, Inwood, New York, NY                             2016
  • Traces of Sepharad, Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz, NY                                           2014
  • Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti, Word Up, New York, NY                                            2014
  • Holocaust Series, Jewish Currents Magazine Online Gallery                                           2014
  • Musings… Artspace, Hudson Falls, NY                                                                                 2014
  • Traces of Sepharad, Daglicht Print Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands                               2009
  • Traces of Sepharad, New Haven Jewish Center, New Haven, CN                                   2009
  • Traces of Sepharad, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY                             2008 - 2009
  • Creative Quandries, Uptown Gallery, Kingston, NY                                                            2004
  • Abstractions, Jadite Gallery, New York, NY                                                                           1991

Group Shows

  • New Paintings, Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY                                                                     2015
  • Outsider Artists, Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY                                                                   2014
  • Traces of Silence, juried show, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY                        2013
  • Unbounded, juried show, Prague, Czech Republic                                                                 2013
  • Art & Friends, Deutsches Haus, New York, NY                                                                        2011
  • Small Works, juried show, Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY                        2004
  • Times of War, Signs of Peace, Martin Luther King Center, New York, NY                            2003
  • Peace Show, Kentler International Drawing Center, New York, NY                                       2002
  • Contemporary Collage Now, juried show, Nexus Gallery, New York, NY                             2001
  • Small Works, Juror: Peter Blum, Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY               2001
  • Glue, Annual Exhibit of Collage/Assemblage Society,
    New Century Artists, New York, NY                                                                                            2001

Books

  • Luna Park, artist book, Gravity Free Press                                                                                  2016
  • Message from the Memorist, poems by Paul Pines, Dos Madres Press                                2015
  • Prometheus’ Gifts, artist book, (unreleased)                                                                               2013
  • Agamemnon, artist book, (unreleased)                                                                                        2013
  • But a Bubble, artist book (text & image), Gravity Free Press                                                    2011
  • Man, A Machine of Absurdities, artist book (text & image), Gravity Free Press                    2011
  • Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad): Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs,
    by Marc Shanker, essays by Antonio Muñoz Molina & T.A. Perry, Gravity Free Press            2008

Commissions

  • Café Review, cover & centerfold                                                                                                   2015, 2017
  • Jewish Currents, illustrations                                                                                                         2009, 2011- 2013
  • Jewish Currents, cover & centerfold                                                                                             2010
  • Jews Calendar, illustrations                                                                                                           2000-2001
  • Jews, Chosen Words and Images, cover & illustrations, Issues #1, 2, 3, 7, 8                           1999-2002
  • Dull Doll, poem by Esther Cohen, illustrations & calligraphy                                                     1999

Collaborations

  • Broadside: Luna Park, poem by Paul Pines                                                                                  2016
  • Broadside: Message From the Memoirist, poem by Paul Pines                                                 2015
  • Fisher King, Paul Pines. Chiron Publications                                                                                 2017

Articles & Reviews

  • American Book Review: Time, Lost and Found                                                                             2015
  • Manhattan Times,
    The Parlance of Protest, El Lenguaje de la Protesta, Sacco and Vanzetti                                 2014
  • Sephardic Horizons, Traces of Sepharad: An Introduction                                                           2011
  • Jewish Currents, Traces of Sepharad, A Family’s Ladino Proverbs,
    cover, etchings & feature article                                                                                                       2010
  • Turk of America                                                                                                                                 2009
  • Mann About Town, feature article                                                                                                   2008
  • Poughkeepsie Journal; Sunday Record                                                                                          2004

Radio & Television

  • Radio Sefarad, Madrid, interview                                                                                                     2010
  • Mel Berkowitz Presents (Channel 67), lecture                                                                                2009

Lectures & Talks

  • Louis and Mildred Resnick Lecture Series, NYS College at New Paltz, NY                                  2014
  • Union Synagogue, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                       2012
  • Sephardic Horizons, Washington, DC                                                                                               2011
  • Center for Jewish History, New York, NY                                                                                         2009
  • JCC New Haven, CT                                                                                                                           2009
  • Instituto Cervantes, New York, NY                                                                                                    2009

Teaching

  • Shakespeare’s Plays, 1199 SEIU, New York, NY                                                                              2005-2016