Barbara Weissberger Mother
Feb 6–Mar 21, 2020
Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
2/4: Big Leg
3/4: Sock No Sock
Barbara Weissbergers’s kaleidoscopic wall collages, Rorschach-like prints, and surreal mixed media collages have been exhibited widely. Her work explores consumption, labor, gender, beauty (and disgust.) Play is central to Weissbergers’s process; images grow out of improvisation and the pleasure of working with materials. The writer Sherrie Flick described the idiosyncratic mix of elements in her work as “stacked and wrapped– harmoniously, improbably, united in their disparity.” Weissberger’s show at Silver Eye will feature new work centered around the many meanings and interpretations of the word "mother."
Weissberger’s photographs – and related photo-objects – contain familiar things and things that are confounding enough to sow doubt about the nature of those that are most identifiable. She started as a sculptor and is still deeply engaged with materials and making objects. Weissberger crafts many of the objects within her photographs, mingling found objects with the miscellany found in her studio. Her work has been shown at The Drawing Center, White Columns, PS1/MoMA, Gridspace (Brooklyn), Photoville (Brooklyn), and Hallwalls (Buffalo) in New York; Coop Gallery, Nashville; Big Medium, Austin; The Mattress Factroy, SPACE Gallery and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh; GRIN (Aldrich + Weissberger), Providence, RI; Artspace New Haven, Connecticut; ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; and The Holter Museum of Art , Montana.