WILL MARINO is a Connecticut-born, Santa Cruz-based recycled materials artist. His work has been featured in the JCO'S group exhibition “Viewing Nature Through Art", an eclectic study of flora and fauna curated by Julie Jenkins. His work has been widely exhibited throughout California, and is featured in the permanent collection of NBC Studios (Studio City, CA). 
Here, we explore Marino’s new works, made of unwound paper dartboards, currently in the archives at JCO’s Place. 

AT FIRST GLANCE, Will Marino's swirling, snaking forms appear natural and somehow inevitable. Gentle swirls in pale colors edge up against each other, referencing the natural movement of wind and water-- as shown here, in Marino's Beekeeper's Series. 


MARINO // Beekeepers Series #2 • 12 X 12 X 1.5 • Reclaimed Dartboard Paper on Board


And yet, as explored in JCO'S Art Blog post, INSIDE THE STUDIO WITH WILL MARINO, the process behind these pieces is multilayered and complex. The source material--machine-made paper dartboards--is inorganic and painstakingly extracted.  Buried beneath the painted surface of the dartboard are rings of wound paper, which are extracted by the artist and carefully pulled apart into long strips of paper. 

All that’s remaining of the dartboard’s color and pattern is on the edge of these long strips of paper.
As I rewind the paper strips, new patterns emerge, intricate spirals and concentric circles replace the dark and light wedges, numbers and text that used to be a dartboard.
I work the rewound strips into different shapes and combine them with long sections of fragmented text or pattern to create images that reference the dynamic nature of the world around us.

Yards and yards of paper ribbon are yielded by a single dartboard, each strip colored along the edges, evidence of it's former life as a dive bar / man cave staple. This process is repeated time and time again, the parsing apart, the un-winding, the re-winding... A sense of repetition, reflected in the artist's process, in the media used. 

Each intervention the artist makes into the dartboard provides another layer of abstraction and distance from its original source material


MARINO // Turbulence • 16 X 16 X 2.5 • Reclaimed Dartboard Paper on Board


Here, by reducing his color palette to simple black and white, Marino places an emphasis is placed on pattern and rhythm. 


MARINO // Map of Nearby Galaxies • 18 X 18 X 1.5 • Reclaimed Dartboard Paper on Board