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Jackie Weisberg
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT: Gowanus Impressions Fall 2009 The Gowanus Canal, and the land surrounding it, is toxic. It is also very beautiful and very valuable. Those of us who have grown to love the Canal and its environs may likely mourn its passing some day. Where now there is a haunting, gritty, chimerical beauty, there may some day be another predictable high rise condominium; where now artists work in old silos and warehouses, franchise stores may some day rise up. Although I have photographed Gowanus numerous times over the years, it’s only recently that I’ve made images that have felt deeply satisfying to me. These efforts of mine culminate at a time when the area appears to be at a crossroads, and perhaps that is why the Canal has finally given up its secrets to me. Or, perhaps my inner creative urgency was awakened by the immediacy of the present situation. There are pressing concerns and interests at stake. Federal Superfunds vs. development is the primary issue. What the community does and how it gathers its forces my ultimately provide the answers to the complex questions and pressures that face this project. Mysteries of the Yucatan Views From the Train The images in these series share the same precisionist aesthetic that Gowanus Impressions does. Throughout my career as a photographer, I have been inspired by the work of people such as Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, Ralston Cranford, Paul Strand and other precisionists; artists who reduced their compositions to simple shapes and underlying geometrical structures. Sprawling industrial locales of steel mills and factory complexes draw my attention, as does the abandoned Mexican towns in the Yucatan. I am drawn to crisp hard edge shapes, flat planes of color, a sense of logic, order and purity associated with architecture and the machine. Architecture offers ways to explore formal geometries and light effects. The interaction between diagonal planes and expanses of light is often as much a focal point as the subject itself. I try to convey modern architectural forms to their abstract essence.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Education
Parsons School of Design NYC
International Center of Photography NYC

Affiliations
ASMP American Society of Media Photographers
PWP Professional Women Photographers
NAPP National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Brooklyn Arts Council

Books/Magazines/Publicaitons
Shutterbug Magazine
Photoshop User
New York in Color, Abrams Books, 2011
Ins&Outs Magazine
Outlook Magazine
Park Slope Paper
New York City Zoning Book 2006
Random House “Teniente Bravo”

Collections
Brooklyn Historical Society Permanent Collection
Childrens Aid Society
WorldStage

Residence
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2012-2013

Recent Shows
Solo:
2012: Saint Peter's Church at Citicorp Building, NYC
Group:
2013: Groundfloor Gallery, 2013
Multiple shows back through 2005

Awards
2013 2nd Place, NYC4PA, "Primary Colors"
2012 3rd Prize, "Our Earth" PWP International
2011 Honorable Mention, Julia Margaret Cameron Award
2011 Finalist, Black and White Spider Awards, Still Life Category

2009 Finalist, Masters Cup International Color Awards, Architecture Category
2008 International B&W Spider Awards; Finalist, Architectural Category
2007 International B&W Spider Awards: Honorable Mention: Fashion Category; Finalist: Abstract, Architecture and People Categories
2007 International Color Awards: Finalist, Abstract Category
2006 International Color Awards: Outstanding Achievement and Merit of Excellence, Abstract Category and Photographer of the Year, 2nd Place
2005 International B&W Spider Awards: Honorable Mention: Fashion, Finalist: Nature and Architecture Categories






 








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