Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Marya Alford

26 Jun

Now Be Here: Marya Alford #520

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Marya Alford


Marya Alford received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2003 and a MFA from USC in 2005. She exhibits in Los Angeles and has screened her films internationally. Working in a variety of media that includes film, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and sound, her work evokes a sense of romanticism, longing and loss. Being research driven, the subjects of her work include historical and literary references. Her practice continues to create a translation or transformation from the merging of different disciplines, forms and thoughts.


Franny (and Zooey) For Piano Duet 2011:

The composition consists of the artist’s transcription of the various punctuation from each line of “Franny” and “Zooey” to a blank page of manuscript paper.  Each color designates a different type of punctuation in the story.  For instance, pencil stands in for periods, orange for commas, green for question marks and so on. This system also designates each type of punctuation as a certain type of note (periods equal whole notes, commas equal quarter notes, apostrophes equal grace notes, colons and semi-colons equal dotted half notes, etc.) Marya Alford has been working with musician and pianist, Ron McBain to finalize the composition for piano duet.  Phrasing and dynamics have been added to the piece and the music has been translated to readable musical notation.



Public Art in LA– Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park

LAUSD– Marya Alford’s ‘talking benches’, which convey to their sitters recorded stories and performances from the Cocoanut Grove.

LA Times– Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park

Women in Photography

Fellows in Contemporary Art– Franny and Zooey for Piano Duet

Fellows of Contemporary Art– Suggested Reading Exhibition


UCSD Convergence Exhibition:

Marya Alford: (all night)
A running poem containing the excerpts of historic sources from the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, translated to morse code, messaged out via Naval signal light to the Pacific Ocean.

San Diego Urbanist

MAK Center


Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest


CSUF Grand Central Art Center– Photographicalilicious Exhibition

Whittier Daily News

Flatness– Bouvier and Prusakova film by Marya Alford

Film still



ASDF– In Real Life


Thank you for being sophisticated

Artslant– Broad Strokes Exhibition



Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Marya Alford- Now Be Here LA artist #520

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