Apr 13  |  Jun 17, 2018

Selections From Something Vast is an installation of recent graphite drawings and boxed arrangements of papier maché objects. The works shown demonstrate how Weinberg accommodates the maddening and inspiring accumulation of images and things in contemporary life. To paraphrase the designer Ettore Sottsass, she discovers value in a wasteful society by involving herself in the symbolic and spiritual meaning of useful things.

The small graphite drawings are a product of transit. They are the artist's travel papers, accompanying her on planes and car trips, a dossier she packes with her. They record characters and episodes from the moving stream of inspirations that comes from thoughts, observations of her environment, images from magazines, art and objects viewed in galleries and museums, friend's studios, from books she is reading, online researches and via social media. They are diaristic in their compulsive link to her lived experience. Their subjects are storefronts and vines, interiors and clothing, paintings and architecture, stage-y landscape, signs and billboards, an eccentric and abstracted scenography.

The papier maché works are the most recent iteration of her ongoing project called Shelf Life. They are composed of found packages and vessels, recycled for everyday use. Their branded messages are sometimes replaced with new banalities such as "Win" or "New", but most often their surfaces are coated with color relationships and geometric compositions. The familiar forms of some of the products co-exist with their new appearances, and in this way the artist collaborates with the layers of social veneers that we interact with in real life. Like dioramas, toy and gift sets, candy or perfume assortments, generic product and souvenirs, these works are alternately valueless and fetishized. They speak to the consumer lust for beauty, vitality and allure. They are coveted and bought home to become part of personal rituals. One of the sources for these boxed sets is the Chinese tradition of burning paper replicas of everyday personal items at funerals and tomb sweeping ceremonies. For Weinberg, they involve her in the ephemeral nature of things and human life, and the questionable longevity of shelf life - or of posterity, the afterlife of art.

Michelle Weinberg is a painter who creates art for surfaces, interiors, architecture and public spaces. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies including a Creative Learning Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, residencies at Mayer of Munich in Germany, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Exhibitions of her work include: FIU Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian Museum, design sublime and Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Curatorial + Co in Sydney, The Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College and ARENA and Open Source in NYC, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Islip Art Museum, NY. Commissions include murals for The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU, Facebook offices in Miami, Bay Parc Plaza Apartments in Miami and Young at Art Museum in Davie, public art projects for Miami-Dade County, City of Tampa, City of Pembroke Pines, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, and City of Hollywood, all in FL. Weinberg is  Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale, and  a consultant to museums and non-profits, developing exhibitions, education programming and more.