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Tenesh Webber

1963 Canada

11 Works exhibited

Current location

Jersey City, New Jersey

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

Tenesh Webber is a Canadian abstract photographer whose work explores and challenges conventions of traditional black and white photography.
She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Education

Webber studied at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, and at OCAD University, in Toronto, where she received an AOCA Degree.


Technique

Tenesh Webber has, over the past 25 years, worked in either large scale/mural size prints; manipulated the photographs in the darkroom, or manipulated the negatives in the camera.

Her current photography, which focuses on medium-scale photograms, continues her explorations of the medium. The prints are medium scale, 11"x11", or 20"x20"

Webber's process begins with sketches, in which she develops the image ideas. She then creates two-dimensional objects out of sewing thread, or marker on plexiglass. She builds the images through layering, stretching and cutting the thread, and through repetitive line drawing onto plexiglass.

These "plates" are used to create cameraless photographic images.

Hand placement and loose threads offer an element of chance into the work, and each print within a series is unique.

The resulting abstract images create rhythmic, intuitive compositions and offer tension between the organic and rectilinear. 
They suggest macro and micro views of nature, or of the man-made.


Inspiration

Webber studied with Canadian artists Ian Wallace and Eldon Garnet who were early innovators in experimental photography, in the 1970's, introducing large-scale and sequential imagery into their photography practice. She was inspired by these artists, to develop her own approach to working with the medium, leading to explorations in scale and alternative photographic processes, including her current work with photograms.

Her photography is also influenced and inspired by the work of a long history of photographers, painters and sculptors working in abstraction.
These include, Richard Serra's bold oil stick drawings, Barry Le Va's arrangements of geometric form, and Agnes Martin's delicate minimal process.

Her work falls within a tradition of "rayographs", or photograms, established by artists such as Man Ray, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, in the 1920's, artists whose work in photography was informed by their painting and sculptural practice.

Building on these artists work, Webber has developed a unique approach to the creation of her photograms, integrating elements of sculpture and drawing while also incorporating chance operations.


Collections

Webber's work is featured in public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum and Barclays Bank, NY.


Exhibitions

Webber has exhibited her work nationally including solo exhibits at Yossi Milo Gallery and Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY. She has also exhibited in group shows in Europe.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017   

A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2015

Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.

2002

Yossi Milo Gallery, NY. NY.

Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Ma.

2000

Art Resources Transfer Inc, NY. NY.

1999

Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY. NY.

1997

Art Resources Transfer Inc, NY. NY.

1995

A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

1993

Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Not of This World -Transcending Reality in Photography, Rick Wester Fine Art, NY. NY.

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Parc Floral de Paris, Paris, France

Explorations of Line, (3 person exhibit), Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY.

New Jersey State Council Exhibit, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ.

2017

 Intercontinental Line, Abstract Project, Paris, France

 Wish You Were Here 16, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

 Interference, Bullet Space, NY. NY.

 Seeking Space, (Bushwick Open Studios), Beyond Studios, Brooklyn, NY.

2016

Members Invitational, New York Artists Equity Gallery, NY, NY.

Reunion, QuadArt Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria

Seeking Space: Making The Future, David and Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY.

Passing Through, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY.

Original Copy, SPRING//BREAK Art Show, NY. NY Curated by Sarah G. Sharp and Parsley Steinweiss

Wish You Were Here: 15, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY.

2015

The Big Small Show, Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.

Minimax, Bullet Space, NY. NY.

Sanctus, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ. (Catalogue)

The ESKFF Residency Program: Selections, Gallery 5 at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ.

On Paper, weathervane, Brooklyn, NY.

Making History, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2014

D(raw), Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by Alexandra Rojas

100 Valentines, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.

2013

In Form, 24 - 6 - Space, NY. NY.

2012

Arcadia Now, Jersey City University, New Jersey, Curated by Tom McGlynn (Catalogue)

2011

The Hatchery: East of Fresno, Badger, California

Wrong Place for the Right People, Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by Andrew Castrucci

Arcadia Now, Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont

2010

Floral, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Curated by Sally Apfelbaum, (Catalogue)

The Perfect Crime, Bullet Space, NY. NY.

2009

Kuf Mold, Rotterdam, Holland, Curated by Suzan Batu, and Bill Doherty (Catalogue)

“Paterson: The P rovence of the Poem/The City as Metaphor ”, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Paterson, NJ. Curated by Nancy Einreinhofer

2008

The History Show, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY , Curated by Kat Griefen and Dena Muller

To Square, Light, Signal G alleri, Malmo, Sweden, Curated by Fredrik Strid Kuf - mold, Gallerji Jan Colle, Ghent, Belgium, (Catalogue)

2007

Lateral Attitudes, RVC College, Somerville, NJ., (Catalogue)

2006

(K)nots, N.J. City University, Jersey City, NJ, (Catalogue)

Deck The Walls , John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas, Curated by Catherine Courtier

Northener Obscura, Gallery 101, Houston, Texas

The Natural Wor ld, PhotoNewburgh, Newburgh, NY , Curated by Andrew Garn

Wish You Were Here 3, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

Seid Show, Gerber Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.

2005

Deck The Walls, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas, Curated by Catherine Couturier

Northerner Obscura, Gallery 101, Houston, Texas

2004

The Natural World, PhotoNewburgh, Newburgh, NY, Curated by Andrew Garn

Wish You Were Here 3, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

Seid Show, Gerber Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.

2003

A Decade in Review: The Fellowship Program, AIR Gallery, NY. NY.

Salon, Gerber Seid Fine Art, NY. NY.

07300 too, Jersey City, NJ., Curated by Rocio Aranda - Alvarado

2002

Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, Ill.

Salon, Stanhope Hotel, NY. NY., Curated by Leslie Gerber - Seid

2001

Fifty by Ten, Gerber - Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.

2000

2000 Annos Luz, Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Curated by Angel Luis de la Cruz, ( Catalogue)

Collectors Edge, N.J Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ., Curated by Calvin Reid

1998

What's on The Wall? Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY. NY.

Summer Group Show, The Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

The Tip of The Iceberg, Fred Dorfman Projects, N.Y. N.Y., Curated by Bill Bartman

25 Years of A.I.R., Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY.

Selected Photography, Kougeas Gallery, Boston MA.

1997

ART Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photography Exhibit, Kougeas Gallery, Boston Ma.

Generations: 25th Anniversary Show, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

Home, Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by Andrew and Paul Castrucci

1996

Living It, 14E. 4th Street, Apt #1118, NY. NY.

Viewfinder, Bronx River Art Center, Curated by A mir Bey

1995

Tarrazona Foto, Tarrazona, Spain, (Catalogue)

Arco 95, Madrid, Spain, Curated by Angel Luis de la Cruz, (Catalogue)

Digitas, Jack Tilton Gallery, NY. NY.

1994

Smart Art, Printed Matter Inc, NY. NY., Curated by Max Schumann

Gallery Grou p Show, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

All Out, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.

1993

A.I.M. Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx, NY. Curated by Lydia Yee and Marisol Nieves (Catalogue)

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist's Space, NY. NY.

1992

A.I.R. Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

1991

Evocation, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NY. NY.

Selections, Center for Book Arts, NY. NY.

1989

CHINA: June 4..., P.S. 1 Museum, L.I.C., NY. Curated by the Asian American Art Center

The P rintshop Comes of Age, The LES Printshops 21st Anniversary, La Mama Gallery, NY. NY.

Wom en's Work, Bullet Space, NY. NY. (Catalogue)

 If You lived Here ..., Dia Art Foundation, NY. NY. A Project by Martha Rosler

2010

Moynihan, Colin, A Tenement Transformed Tells the Lives of Its Squatters, The New York Times, January 29, 2010

2007

Kuf Mold Catalogue, Gallery In The Old Bedesten. Istanbul, Turkey

Lateral Attitudes, RVC College, Somerville, NJ. Cover image

2004

Birmingham, Mary,” Jersey Girls Exhibit”, Jersey Journal, Oct 30, 2004

2002

Johnson, Ken, Art Listings, The New York Times, July 5, 2002

Review, The New Yorker, July 15, 2002

McQuaid, Cate, The Boston Globe, August 2, 2002

1999

Lombardi, D.Dominick, Communicating Through Photographs, The New York Times, October 29, 1999

The New York Contemporary Art Report, May - June

Rothbart, Daniel, Review, NY Arts Magazine, June, 1999

1997

Millis, Christopher, "Off The Street", The Boston Phoenix, May 30, Boston, Ma.

Listings Se ction, Illustration, ArtsMEDIA Magazine, June, Boston, Ma.

1993

Parallelogramme, National Non - Profit Artists' Centre's, Canada

1990

Raynor, Vivien, "Sallies Fly at a Bronx Gallery", The New York Times, November 4, NY. NY.

1990

Hoffman, Randi, "Art on The Edge", Downtown Magazine, January

1989

Levin, Kim, "Open Doors", The Village Voice, November, N.Y. N.Y.

1988

Reid, Calvin, "Art Arrives at The End Of The World ", Downtown Magazine, NY.

1993

Long News In The Short Century, NY. NY.

1989

World War III Magazine, NY. NY.

1988

ABC No Rio Magazine, ABC No Rio, NY. NY.

2015

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, San Francisco, CA.

ESKFF Residency at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2008

The Canada Council, Travel Grant, Ottawa, Canada

2006

Change Inc., Grant, NY. NY.

1993

Weinroth Fellowship, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.

1993

A.I.M. Program, Bronx Museum

1992

The Canada Council, Project Grant, Ottawa, Canada

1989

Fellowship, Art Matters Inc, NY. NY.

1989

Grant, Artists Space, NY. NY.

1988

Grant, Artists Space, NY. NY.

Works by Tenesh Webber

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2007

50.8 x 50.8 cm

3250,00 €

2016

50.8 x 50.8 cm

3250,00 €

2016

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3250,00 €

2013

50.8 x 50.8 cm

3250,00 €

2006

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3250,00 €

2006

50.8 x 50.8 cm

3250,00 €

2015

28 x 28 cm

2300,00 €

2015

28 x 28 cm

2300,00 €

2015

28 x 28 cm

2300,00 €

2014

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2015

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