Derek has had a passion for sculpting his entire life, and he was only 7 years old when he started working with ceramic clay. After high school he went on to study ceramics at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and since then has showed his work in more than 90 different shows and even used to be a co-owner of his own gallery. Weisberg believes that art provides a unique opportunity to communicate powers beyond ourselves, and he uses his art to answer the fundamental questions that are bigger than our own existence.
Home town: Bay Area, California
Favorite medium: Ceramics
What’s your favorite part about working with ceramics?: I have always enjoyed the immediacy and directness of the material, at the same time the material teaches me patience, a deep grounding, and an understanding of time. When working with clay I am forced to focus on the sensitivity of touch. The alchemy of clay, glaze and fire is fascinating. And the fact that clay is one of the first art forms, and can take on so many functions, forms and varied aesthetics forces me to constantly reevaluate the things I make. It never gets boring.
Where do you find inspiration?: In the awareness of my own mortality, and attempting to move as honestly, truthfully and aware of my own life and the world around me as possible.
What do you want viewers to take away from your work?: A sincere reflection into their own lives and the human condition.
What drives you everyday?: A strong desire to be surprised by the decisions and solutions I come up with in the studio, a serious sense of curiosity and an unwavering investigation of self, my place in the world, and pursuit of “truth”.
Andre 3000, Frank Ocean, Ceschi, Jason Molina, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Timber Timbre, Eyedea and Abilities, Freestyle Fellowship, Nina Simone, and many others all help me get through everyday song by song.
Who are some of your favorite artists?: Quick list off the top: Leonard Baskin, Cy Twombly, Julian Shnabel, Ana Mendieta, David Hammons, Mike Lay, Nicole Eisenman, Alice Neel, Franz West, Peter Doig. But I am huge fan of art history and this list could go on for a long time.
What’s your favorite book or movie?: Books: Siddartha and Steppenwolf by Hesse, Frankenstein by Shelley, Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, Waiting for Godot by Beckett.
Movie: Conan the Barbarian, just kidding, kind of. Basquiat is always a favorite, and I am a sucker for Great Expectations, the one with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.
As you can see I am not good at coming up with singular favorites.
Any upcoming shows/gallery openings?: Currently until October 15th I am in a 2 person show at Underdonk Gallery in Brooklyn. There are several future shows but the details are not confirmed yet, stay posted.