Monika WeissBorn in Warsaw, Poland, Weiss lives and works in New York City and St. Louis.
A video-interview of Monika Weiss on her exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. January 2012. (Video Link)
Monika Weiss is a transdisciplinary artist and professor at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, whose performative video installations, sound works, sculptures and drawings "create an alternative experience of space and time" (G. Brett) and have been exhibited in over twenty solo exhibitions and numerous groups exhibitions internationally. In 2005, Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, organized and published a survey of the artist's work to date, Monika Weiss: Five Rivers, which was reviewed in the New York Times. In 2010 Monika Weiss-Sustenazo was presented by Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) and will be on view at Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Santiago) in 2012-2013. Publications about the artist's work include Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, I.B. Tauris, London (2007), and Monika Weiss: Five Rivers, Lehman College Art Gallery, CUNY (2007). Her own writing appeared in New Realities: Being Syncretic, Springer, Wien/New York (2009) and Technoetic Arts, Intellect, London (2006).
Weiss' practice explores the body as cultural and physical signifier, in the context of historical and individual memory. Weiss works in projected video, sound composition, performance, drawing, and sculpture, often combining these elements into large-scale public installations. In the words of British art critic Guy Brett, "Weiss creates an alternative experience of space and time, which is not end-driven but steady and enduring, establishing and deepening a human presence. Her work is a remarkable, individual counterpoint between technological media (video projection) and the ancient activity of drawing. Sound is also an important element, meticulously composed by the artist, which lifts the silent filmed actions into another emotional register."
A significant part of the artist's work consists of public projects, which are site-specific, interactive, and process-oriented environments. In 2006, Weiss was commissioned to create Drawing Lethe at the World Financial Center, a project that was curated by The Drawing Center, New York. Recent exhibitions include also Opening at Muzeum Montanelli, Prague (2010); Frauen bei Olympia at FrauenMuseum, Bonn (2009); POZA: On the Polishness of Polish Contemporary Art at Real Art Ways, Hartford (2008); Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation CIFO, Miami (2007); Moment by Moment: Meditations of the Hand at North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (2006); and On the Absence of Camps at Kunsthaus Dresden (2006).
Monika Weiss' work is featured in public collections such as Albertina Museum (Vienna), FrauenMuseum (Bonn) and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami). Monika Weiss work is represented by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal and Remy Toledo Projects, New York.
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