Derek Weisberg Bio

                   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 transitioned into 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 regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Weisberg has participated in over 90 shows in the last 8 years, and there are no signs of slowing down in the future.  Weisberg currently lives and works in NY and is faculty at Greenwich House Pottery.

 

          Derek Weisberg 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.

 


Resume

Education

  • 2005, BFA in ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2014

  • “Church”, 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

2010

  • “You Were Almost Extinct Too” – Florida Atlantic University, John D. Macarthur Library Gallery, Jupiter, FL

2009

  • “Mine Us One” – with James Kirkpatrick, Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • “The Moth, The Flame, and the Returning Comet, part 2″ – Stumble Upon Office, San Francisco, 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

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

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, NY, NY
  • “Scorsese, a tribute to the films of Martin Scorsese”, Bold Hype Gallery, NY, 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

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” – Worht 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

2007

  • “RoMoLoCo” – Rowan Morrison, Oakland CA
  • “Head Count” – Guerilla Café , Berkeley, CA
  • “Fresh Produce 7″ – Anno Domini, San Jose, CA
  • “Tree Trimming II” – J Flynn Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
  • “Happy Endings” – The Lab 101 Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • “In the Mix” – Cannibal Flower, Ghetto Gloss, Silverlake, CA
  • “The There, There” – Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland CA
  • “JCMAS” – Conference Room Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Java St group Show, Java St. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Two man exhibit, with Stan Welsh, 12 and Taylor Gallery, San Jose, CA
  • “Inner Workings” – Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Group show, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • “A Lasting Impression, Ceramic Figures” – Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland CA
  • “Picks of the Harvest” – Think Space, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Clay Figures” – Red Ink Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Art Head” – Swarm Gallery, Oakland CA
  • “Fully Blown” – Division 9 Gallery, Riverside, CA
  • “Craft Now, American Craft Show” – Baltimore, MD
  • “Often Forgotten” – Boontling Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • Group Show, Think Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Art of A Community” – Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

2006

  • Group Show – Think Space, Los Angeles CA
  • “Winter Wonderland” – the Lab 101, Culver City Los Angeles, CA
  • “Fresh Produce” – Anno Domini, San Jose, CA
  • “50 at the 9″ – Division 9 Gallery, Riverside, CA
  • “Peep” – Red Ink Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Shanty Town” – Lab 101 Gallery, Culver City LA, CA
  • “Virus” – Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • Group show”,Mark of The Beast” – Dragon Gallery, Covina CA
  • Three man show, Mark Canepa Gallery, El Cerritto, CA
  • Two man show “Lost and Found” – Boontling Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • “The Family of Clay” – 55 years of ceramic alumni at CCAC, Tecoah Bruce Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • “These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty” – Dragon Gallery, Covina, CA
  • “The Board Show” – The Unkown Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

2005

  • “Fresh Produce” – Anno Domini, San Jose, CA
  • “Moving Mountains” – Architectural Elements, San Francisco, CA
  • “Narratives in Clay” – Virginia Brier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Home show, Glashoff Sculpture Ranch, Fairfield, CA
  • “Florjadores se Suenos” – Casa de Ensuenos art Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • “From Tiles to Totems, A century of Northern California Ceramics” Arts Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • “De Corazon a Corazon” – Casa de Ensuenos art gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • “Human Landscape” two person show, Boontling Gallery, Oakland CA
  • “Overhung” – Boontling Gallery, Oakland, CA

2004

  • “Best of junior review” – juried group show, Oliver Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • CCAC ceramics Department Group show, CCACA, Davis, CA
  • Watershed Cup Show, Toki Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  • Pacific Rim Sculpture Group”,Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial” – 600 Townsend Building, San Francisco, CA
  • All College Honors, juried group show, North Gallery Oakland, CA
  • One Man Show “Waiting Heavy” – Center Gallery Oakland, CA
  • “Outclassed” juried group show Toki Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2003

  • “Terra Forma” – juried group show, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, CA
  • “Global Aerosol Dominion” – at Liminal gallery, Oakland, CA
  • “Visions in Clay” juried group show, Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA
  • Work displayed at the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, Martinez, CA
  • “The Art of Clay” – juried group show, Caesar Chavez Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • Sculptures showing at Leslies Ceramics in Berkeley, CA

2002

  • “Ceramics worlds greatest hobby” – North Gallery, Oakland CA
  • “Beyond Reality” – Toki Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Awards

2012

  • Individual Grant Recipient Belle Foundation

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

Collections

Public:

  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Glasshoff Sculpture Ranch
  • Private collections per request