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Loose String 1

Single piece Signed Dated Titled

Reference

58d638d8

Year

2013

Medium

Photography

Size

50.8 x 50.8 cm
20.00 x 20 in

Price

3250,00 €

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  • About the work

TECHNIQUE: BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAM

This image is part of an ongoing series began in 2006.

To create the images Webber stretches and layers thread on a pre-cut frame. The resulting images are made by laying this “plate” onto black and white photographic paper in the darkroom. The photograms are printed in editions of five, with variations.  

The imagery is built up using layers of thread, to create rhythmic, intuitive compositions, which offer tension between the organic and rectilinear. They suggest macro and micro views of nature, or of the man made.

The plate for this image was Webber’s first exploration using loosened thread. Beginning with a measured grid formation, Webber intuitively built up the image.

This is edition 2 of 5

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.


About the Artist

1963 , Canada

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.

 


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