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Debra Weisberg: Cannot Be Determined in Words


Feb 23, 2017 to Apr 2, 2017


The McIninch Art Gallery, located in Robert Frost Hall at Southern New Hampshire University, presents Debra Weisberg: Cannot Be Determined in Words, from Feb. 23 through  Apr. 2, 2017. There will be an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The McIninch Art Gallery is pleased to include this site-specific installation by Debra Weisberg in the season’s exhibition roster, in keeping with our practice to create a platform for established artists to use the gallery’s unique space for exciting creative experimentation.

Our invited artists are encouraged to think boldly and take risks with an intimate space that allows them to examine the roots of a percolating idea in some depth. The SNHU community thrives through these experiences because they are able to become involved with the project in progress and engage in meaningful discourse with artists as they install their work. 

Debra Weisberg has a host of installations wherein she has combined her talent as a sculptor/draftsman with her skills as an educator.  Her mark-making and sculptural forms are encouraged by the examination of place and the people who will populate that place. For the purposes of this installation, Weisberg has incorporated music created by Ken Field a saxophonist, flautist and composer; her combination of sculpture and music creates an environment that envelops the visitor in the artist’s thoughtful consideration of space, form and light.

Working intuitively and embracing the unexpected are the core of Weisberg’s practice, using a variety of materials: torn, black inked rice paper, tape, wire dipped in pulp then coated in sand. The forms are twisted and layered into a highly textured whirlpool of pulsating energy. The fluidity of the line, density of layering and a material presence emphasize the visceral nature of the surface and contour. They result in works that contain an explosive mass of energy struggling to hold the center still when the forces of nature prove too great. Weisberg’s work is rooted in drawing, including the 3-D work. Her dimensional work, which is made predominantly with paper-based materials, is similarly constructed to the structure of a drawing.

Debra Weisberg is active nationally and internationally. She has exhibited at the Paper Biennial in the Netherlands; Art in General and East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, New York; and in the Boston area, the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury; Danforth Art Museum; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Gallery Kayafas; Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Dedee Shattuck Gallery; and VanDernoot Gallery, Lesley University.

Facebook Boston recently commissioned Weisberg to create an eighteen-foot long tape installation for its corporate office in Cambridge (2017). Weisberg has twice attended the MacDowell Colony and was awarded an art residency in Can Serrat, outside of Barcelona, for June 2009. In 2008 she was a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship winner in drawing. Her forty-foot high installation at the DeCordova entitled (Sub) Surface won an award for best museum installation (2003) from the Boston Art Critics Association.

Weisberg was a Somerville Arts Lottery winner in 2001, 2004, 2008, and 2015. Her individual works have entered numerous collections, from the Sonesta Hotel to General Hardware Manufacturing Company in New York. As part of her studio practice, the artist collaborates regularly with students on large-scale dimensional drawing installations, the most recent, Somatic (e) SCAPES at Milton Academy (2015).

In addition to teaching at Boston College and New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Weisberg is an energetic invited lecturer. She spoke on “Material Drawing:  Exploration and Connectivity” for MIT’s Department of Architecture School of Architecture and Planning. This paper, which examined the material of making, intuition and accidents in the digital age, was presented in 2014 at University College, London.

Please call McIninch Art Gallery Director, Debbie Disston at (603) 629-4622, e-mail, or visit for additional information. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thurs. from 5 to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.




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