Betsy Weis (Photography)
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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)
B E T S Y W E I S
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.
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
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
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
Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA
1989 New York University, New York, NY, M.A., Painting
1981 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, B.F.A., Textiles