This artist's recent works are spaces of paradox that reference theater as a metaphor for contemporary life and art, and this painting is no exception. Here, stage curtains open to an impassible mountain. At the center of it sits a black hole, implying a prop-like cutout or a cartoon escape route from this perceived reality while also suggesting the overall composition of an eye.
In her latest series of artworks, Emily Weiner creates symbols from Yiddish theater, ancient Greek drama, Commedia dell'arte, physics, and psychology, among other fields of paradox and performance.
She approaches each of her paintings intuitively and, by working in many layers of paint, finds synchronicity in combinations of colors and imagery. She combines ceramics and oil painting into a grouping of symbols and geometries that have been recognized throughout the history of art.
Emily Weiner combines ceramics and oil painting as a way to configure symbols and geometries that have been traditionally used throughout the history of art. She is also interested in how these archetypal images move between the collective unconscious and individual perception. Weiner hand-builds each of her frames, elevating their importance from simple ornamentation to a vital part of the artwork. These structures also further demarcate a space of suspended disbelief, like the proscenium of a stage.
Emily Weiner was born in 1981 in Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Nashville, TN. She earned her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (2003) and her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, NY (2011).
She has exhibited her work recently at Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, TN (2023); Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA (2023); Kunsthall Grenland in Porsgrunn, Norway (2022); Wespace in Shanghai, China (2022); and Soloway Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2020).
Weiner has won a visiting artist scholarship at the American Academy in Rome, Italy (2015); a residency co-leadership spot at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine (2018); an artist teacher-resident at The Cooper Union in New York City, NY (2014); an art residency at The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada (2012); and Resident at Camac Art Center in Marnay-sur-Seine, France (2011).
She has received press in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, the BBC, ArtNews, Domus, and The Brooklyn Rail, among other platforms.
This artist's recent works are spaces of paradox that reference theater as a metaphor for contemporary life and art, and this painting is no exception. Here, stage curtains open to an impassible mountain. At the center of it sits a black hole, implying a prop-like cutout or a cartoon escape route from this perceived reality while also suggesting the overall composition of an eye.More
- Framed: 13.0 x 16.0 x 1.5 in.