Betsy Weis (Photography)

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Earth

Water


Land and Sea, 2010

Sun and Clouds, 2010

Sea, 2010

Shadowpond, 2006

Reservoir, 2005

Light Rain Shadow, 2010

Canal, 2005

Blue Sea, 2010

Blue Pondwater, 2004

Cliff, 2010

Waterlilies

Artist Statement

 Betsy Weis

Artist Statement

Since the time I looked out the window from my childhood home at a sliver of the Pacific Ocean in the distance, (and through the years studying the paintings of Renaissance masters and, later, Mapplethorpe, Sugimoto, Robert Adams, and Sanna Kannisto) nature has been an essential influence on me. Seductive, wild and beautiful, yet simultaneously unpredictable and risky, nature has been the enduring subject of my work.

As a child, I tried to avoid any kind of nature experience. Walking in the woods was hellish. I liked the city: concrete and traffic were familiar and comforting. But at night, from the window near my bed, the fragment of ocean appearing in the distance lulled me to sleep. Eventually, I learned I liked something about nature while studying the paintings of Titian, Giorgione and Friedrich. Their idealized renderings of dreamy landscapes made me think, I want to go there.

Through many years' exploration of wild nature and visual art, I have developed a photographic process to convey the aesthetic and experiential perception of nature. In my work one sees a walk in the woods, or a view of the water. My pictures describe natural settings that stimulate memories of earlier experiences, in the way that the past continually influences and guides awareness of the present.

At various times, my work has been referred to as a fairy tale, a mystery, or an unexplained landscape, something that feels familiar, like a memory. As I work, I am remembering nature, seeing what I remember. Or, to paraphrase 20th Century composer Morton Feldman, We do not see what we see...only what we remember.

("We do not hear what we hear…only what we remember." Morton Feldman. From Morton Feldman, Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman, Edited by B. H. Friedman, Exact Change, 2000)



Artist Bio

B E T S Y  W E I S

www.betsyweis.com 

 

I grew up in San Francisco, attended art school on the west coast and after graduating and working various jobs I decide to go to graduate school. I applied and moved to New York in order to attend NYU to study painting. After graduation I stayed in New York and continued to paint while working part time. In 2004, I started to experiment with digital media, scanning images into my computer. I learned that I loved working on the computer, and working with photographic imagery. I have continued to photograph nature and work in my New York City studio to create images.

 

                      

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013                         SPACEWomb, Long Island City, NY, "Adieu September"

2011                          Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

2007                          Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2004-05                     Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI, THROUGH WATER - BETSY WEIS: A SURVEY

1997                          Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

1992                          Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, ACCESS

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013                         SPACEWomb, Long Island City, NY, "Adieu September"

                                 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, “Soft Focus”

                                 SPACEWomb, Long Island City, NY, “Square”

2012                         OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY, “Arcadia”

2010                         The Embankment Gallery, Jersey City, NY “365 Days of Print Mining Endangered Print  Media”

                                 AGFA Project Space, White Plains, NY, “Eastern Influence

2009                        Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Betsy Weis and Hiroyo Kaneko

2008-09                   Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont New York, Works on Paper

                                Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Group Show

2006                        Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, ELEMENTS

                                LiveBox Gallery at NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, IL

2005                        Digital ’05: Exquisite, ASCI's 7th International Digital Print Exhibition, New York Hall of  Science,Queens, NY

2004                        Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Paintings

2003                        The Painting Center, New York, NY, THE BIG ABSTRACT SHOW               

2001                        New York, NY, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (silent) ART AUCTION (also     2002, 2003, 2004,   2005, 2006, 2008)           

2000                        Gallery 402, New York, NY

 The Art Club Gallery, New York, NY, OIA “Y2K-aotic: Uncensored All-Media Salon Show”

1999                        Chittenden Falls Factory, Stuyvesant Falls, NY, IT STUCK IN MY MIND

1998                        Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY, TALENT 1998 (also 1997, 1996, 1995)

1997                        Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Gallery Group

1996                        Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Exhibition to Benefit New York Foundling Hospital

1995                        Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Spirit, Dream and Form

                                 407 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, Semaphore: Placing the Mark, CATALOG

                                 Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, NATURE RE(CONTAINED), CATALOG

1994                        Gold Hills Gallery, Madrid, NM

                                Gallery 128, New York, NY, Exhibition Against Political Correctness

1993                        Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Holiday Group Show, Paperworks

                                Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY, Canapés, Corners and other Minor Constellations

                                Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, NY, National '93 Small Works Exhibition

1989                        80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, NY,

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2005                        Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2012                        Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, New York, NY, Guest Artist

2011                        Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Winter Soiree at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, Guest Artist

                               Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Autumn Soiree at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, Guest Artist

                               Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Monadnock Music Festival, Peterborough, N H, Guest Artist

                               Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Summer Soiree at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, Guest Artist

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA

EDUCATION

1989                        New York University, New York, NY, M.A., Painting

1981                        California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, B.F.A., Textiles


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