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Derek Weisberg
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: I create works, which are emotional and psychological self-portraits. Through my art I aim to make sense of my life, my experiences, and the times I live. I do not wish to represent like a photo, instead achieve a guttural, visceral, heartfelt sensibilities. Accessibility is key as I attempt to express basic human qualities, which are universal and timeless. At its core my work reflect humanist ideology; searching for truth and universal morality based on the commonality of the human condition. Much of my work focuses on conditions of longing, loss, dysfunction, fragility, vulnerability and melancholy. In 2006, when my mother passed away I began to include themes of death, afterlife, spirituality and the metaphysical. A traditional Jewish concept and practice, which I exercise through my work, is that “The voyage of the soul is dependent upon the actions of the ones who are living”. Themes of death are explored through expressing life. To experience death is to experience the most unique situation in life; it is simultaneously completely familiar and alien, definitive and confusing, guaranteed and mysterious. My work is a combination and slow digestion of all these dualities and subtleties.
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  • “Porcelain Promises XV”
    2013
    porcelain, cone 10 reduction

  • “Porcelain Promises XVII”
    2013
    Cone 10 stoneware

  • “One Day You Just Appeared, And It Was So Beautiful”
    2012
    Cone 10 porcelain, stains, and oxides

  • Porcelain Promises XIII (Between The Message and the Motive)
    2011
    cone 10 porcelain

  • “Porcelain Promises VII, (I Was Stone Now I’m Dust)â&eu
    2011
    Porcelain

  • Porcelain Promises XI The Constant Push For Something Just Past the Point Of Attainability
    2011
    cone 10 porcelain

  • Who Flew Too Close to the Sun I
    2011
    cone 10 porcelain

  • Olam haba installation view
    2009
    ceramic
    A sculptural installation which transformed the gallery into a catacomb-like place of rest, reflection, worship, remembrance.

  • The Stars Welcome Without Judgement
    2009
    Ceramic
    The central sculpture for the Olam Haba installation

  • “I Held a Wake For Today Again”
    2010
    ceramic and mixed media

  • “That Which My Eyes Wish to See”
    2010
    ceramic and mixed media

  • “Stares Into Infinity”
    2010
    ceramic and mixed media

  • The Bridge is Over
    2010
    Ceramic and wood

  • untitled
    in progress photo

  • Porcelain Promises III
    Dimensions can vary
    Ceramic and fabric

  • Auroral Dreams Still Hover
    2010
    Ceramic

  • Back to What I am Most Afraid Of
    2008
    Ceramic
 








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