Catamount Arts is pleased to present Debra Weisberg: Drawn to Touch, an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper on view in the Fried Family Gallery at the Catamount Arts Center on Eastern Avenue from April 27-June 14, 2019. The show features Weisberg’s distinctive constructed drawings, or wall sculptures, pieces that reach out from the walls, carving space beyond two dimensions.
This exhibition showcases artist Debra Weisberg’s fascination with exploratory drawing as the basis for work that invokes a sense of touch. Using tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh, and hydrostone, she creates installations and stand-alone pieces that act both in collaboration and resistance to material. “All of my work is rooted in drawing,” Weisberg observes. It is her desire to establish sensory awareness of spatial relationships between the human body and material which are “dynamic, improvisational, and mutable.”
A native of Philadelphia, Debra Weisberg graduated from the Tyler School of Art and currently lives and works in the Boston area. Known both nationally and internationally for large installations and smaller works that explore drawing in physical terms, she has exhibited at the Paper Biennial in the Netherlands; the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art in New York; and in numerous venues in the Boston area, including the Art Complex Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Danforth Art, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Gallery Kayafas, Lesley University, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
In 2018, Facebook Boston commissioned Weisberg to create a 22-foot long tape installation for its corporate office in Cambridge. Her individual works have entered numerous collections, from the Sonesta Hotel to General Hardware Manufacturing Company in New York. Twice a MacDowell Colony fellow, Weisberg has been a Somerville Arts Lottery winner on four separate occasions and a 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship winner in drawing. In 2003 her forty-foot high installation (Sub) Surface at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum won an award for best museum installation from the Boston Art Critics Association.
Currently teaching at Boston College and New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, the artist has also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. As part of her studio practice, she regularly collaborates with students on large-scale dimensional drawing installations at numerous institutions, including Milton Academy, St. Paul’s, Groton and Lesley University. Weisberg has also lectured on preservation of the senses and its educational implications in the digital age at University College, London and in Cambridge, MA at the Broad Institute, Harvard and MIT.
For more information about the artist and her work, see http://www.debraweisberg.com/. For more information about this exhibit and others appearing at Catamount Arts, call 748-2600 or visit www.catamountarts.org.