Benicia, b.1983

Derek Weisberg

Derek Weisberg, was born in 1983. He began sculpting at a very early age starting with the medium of mashed potatoes as soon as he could hold a fork and knife, moving onto action figure assemblage when he could load a hot glue gun, and at age 7 he turned to the medium of ceramics, which was the beginning of his lifelong love and ultimate passion. He unwaveringly pursued ceramics sculpture throughout his childhood and teens, in Benicia, CA, where he was raised. At age 18 he moved to Oakland, CA, to pursue his love for ceramics and art in general and attended California College of Arts and Crafts. At CCAC he received several awards and graduated with high honors in 2005 with a BFA. Since then Weisberg has co-owned...

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Biography

Derek Weisberg, was born in 1983. He began sculpting at a very early age starting with the medium of mashed potatoes as soon as he could hold a fork and knife, moving onto action figure assemblage when he could load a hot glue gun, and at age 7 he turned to the medium of ceramics, which was the beginning of his lifelong love and ultimate passion. He unwaveringly pursued ceramics sculpture throughout his childhood and teens, in Benicia, CA, where he was raised. At age 18 he moved to Oakland, CA, to pursue his love for ceramics and art in general and attended California College of Arts and Crafts. At CCAC he received several awards and graduated with high honors in 2005 with a BFA. Since then Weisberg has co-owned his own gallery, Boontling Gallery, as well as curated numerous other shows. He has also worked with highly esteemed artists such as Stephen De Staebler, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Manuel Neri, and many others. In addition Weisberg has maintained a strong and demanding studio practice, exhibiting nationally, and internationally. Weisberg currently lives and works in NY and is faculty at Greenwich House Pottery.

Artist Statement
How fleeting life is. We are all here with a limited time and capacity. We all exist with the knowledge that one day our last breathe will expire. How do we operate and move though life knowing this? With this awareness, how do we strive toward achievements and growth on all levels of our being. Additionally, how do we pursue this as we and our world changes, every moment of every day? How do we move though the mud, as Beckett says, and funk of life, as Dr Cornell West calls it? And, how do we do this as elegantly, beautifully, kind, invested, and responsible as possible? Life can be lonely, hard, complicated, and ugly. How do we wrestle with pain, longing, dysfunction, and vulnerability? How do we find truths in the face of these hardships and realities? How do we cope with human atrocities and extreme injustice, from local and personal relationships to the grandest of scale? Art provides a unique opportunity and experience to communicate powers beyond ourselves; it can traverse time, place, gender, race. It has the ability to touch the core and reach the deepest places of our existence. Through my art I attempt to tackle these questions and to kiss these truths.

Artworks

7

Ontological Splendor II, 2018

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Bold Composition / Ceramic / Collage / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Everyday Objects / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Human Nature/Existence / Life and Death / Mixed Media / Mixed Media Sculpture / Plaster / Sculpture / The Grotesque / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2005

    BFA in ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Alice Mackler and Derek Weisberg, Kerry Schuss, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Yesterday Clouds, with Ivana Popov, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

  • Knowing Autumn, Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Re:arrange, Juxtapoz Projects, Jersey City, NJ

  • A Scratch in Time, Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY

  • Sum Of All Parts, Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn, NY

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Education

  • 2005

    BFA in ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Alice Mackler and Derek Weisberg, Kerry Schuss, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Yesterday Clouds, with Ivana Popov, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

  • Knowing Autumn, Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2014

    Life Blood, Church Boutique, Los Angeles, CA

  • Intertidal Zone, Goosebarnacle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Saving Face, Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    Porcelain Promises, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Auroral Dreaming, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA,

  • You Were Almost Extinct Again, San Francisco University High, San Francisco, CA

  • 2009

    Mine Us One, with James Kirkpatrick, Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • The Moth, The Flame, and The Returning Comet, with Matt Rebholz, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

  • Olam Haba The World To Come, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • The Moth, The Flame, and the Returning Comet, part 2, Stumble Upon Office, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008

    Sugar and Spice and Everything's Not So Nice with Crystal Morey, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

  • Victoria Everlasting Anno Domini, San Jose CA

  • 2007

    Two-person exhibit with Stan Welsh, 12 and Taylor Gallery, San Jose, CA

  • Often Forgotten, with Mike Simpson, Boontling Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • 2004

    Waiting Heavy, Center Gallery, Oakland, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Re:arrange, Juxtapoz Projects, Jersey City, NJ

  • A Scratch in Time, Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY

  • Sum Of All Parts, Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2017

    After Market Bodies, Satellite Fair, Miami, FL

  • Complexity of Self, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY

  • This is Not a Teapot, Groundfloor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Pothead, BKLYN CLAY, Brooklyn, NY

  • A New Fine Art, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2016

    Tiki Bar, Helper Projects, NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

  • Winter group show, Brilliant Champions Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Time With Others, Mary Sky, Hancock, VT

  • Or Bust, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY

  • NY: CLAY, Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY

  • 2015

    Summer Group Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

  • Tomorrows Today, Brilliant Champions Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2014

    Unbreakable, Arts Benicia gallery, Benicia, CA

  • G40, Blind Whino, Washington DC

  • Odins Eye, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA

  • 2013

    Mutual Friends, Parentheses Gallery, Halifax, Canada

  • Wes Smoot and the 49ers, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA

  • Subliminal Landscape, Collective Craft in collaboration with LUNGS, New York, NY

  • Possessed, Keystone Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

  • Galerie Project, Light and Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Mis-fits, Parentheses Gallery, Halifax, Canada

  • STUMP, Thomas Hunter Project Space, Hunter College, New York, NY

  • Scorsese, a tribute to the films of Martin Scorsese, Bold Hype Gallery, New York, NY

  • SF Art Fair, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2012

    Pow Wow 2012, Loft in Space, Honolulu, HI

  • Self Contained, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • Fresh Produce, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA

  • Arts Benicia 25 year anniversary show, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

  • Young Blood 15 year anniversary show, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

  • 2011

    144, Blue Five Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

  • Modern Fabulists, View Gallery, Bristol, UK

  • Ink and Clay 37, Kellog Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA

  • Show and Tell, Zimmer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • Outlandish, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

  • Art Pad SF, with Anno Domini Gallery, Jupiter Hotel, San Francisco, CA

  • Summer group show, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA

  • Collab show, Forthrite Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

  • 2010

    Things Are Expanding, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • The Bridge is Over, Lopo Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Monster Show 5, Domy Books and Gallery, Austin & Houston, TX

  • As They See It, 941 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Ceramics Annual of America, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

  • Trophy Room, Five Points Art House, San Francisco, CA

  • The Travel Show, Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Cynosure, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

  • Selections from Olam Haba Episco Disco, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

  • Works on consignment with London Miles Gallery, London, England

  • Art for Aids Auction Bonhams and Butterfields, San Francisco, CA

  • Ceramic Research Center featured artist, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

  • 2009

    Fresh Produce 9, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

  • Mutant Anxiety, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • House Warming, Terminal Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Space 1026 art auction, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

  • Full Deck, The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

  • This Long Road, Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Cal Shakes outdoor sculpture show, California Shakespear Theatre, Orinda CA

  • Art for Aids Auction, Bonhams and Butterfields, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008

    Preview 09, Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • ( C ) a Salon in Piedmont, Piedmont, CA

  • Fresh Produce 8, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA

  • Diverse Chorus, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, Germany

  • There, New Art from Oakland di Rosa Preserve, Sonoma, CA

  • Echoes Of The Ancients J and J Gallery, Traveling Exhibit

  • Muchachos Standard Clay CO, NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Art of the Community Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

Grants & Awards

  • 2018

    Sharpe Walentas Studio Program

  • 2015

    Gallagher/Perry Residency for Ceramics, Oakland, CA

  • Prattsville Art Center, Prattsville, NY

  • 2012

    Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

  • Individual Grant Recipient, Belle Foundation

  • 2009

    Penland School School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC

  • 2008

    Searchlight Artist, 1 of 10 nationally selected emerging Craftsmen/women

  • 2004

    Best of Junior Review

  • All College Honors Marjorie Benedict Scholarship

  • Clayfolk West Coast Regional Scholarship

  • 2003

    Honorable mention at Visions in Clay/ Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA

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