Ivana Popov and Derek Weisberg
September 15 – October 15, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 6-9 pm
Ivana Popov’s cinematic wall pieces flicker in and out of identifiable experience – from the unknowingness of her video gaze to the relatable hand in cut paper, there is an element of meditative disassociation and a loose attachment to meaning. This work explores a continuum of self and other, touching down at the quietest, least formed places. Whether these places are animal, spirit, or human (or dead or alive), she leaves us the space to consider our relation to them. Her gaze is our self-dispersion tool.
The work of Derek Weisberg occupies a continuum between watching and being as he explores the inside and outside of the human form. His ceramics are both representations and embodiments of aloneness and solemnity, asserting a desire to memorialize private experiences publicly. They emphasize the necessity of turning in, or being in. The surfaces feel unstable, as if what’s visible is contingent on a an inner motion, a consciousness at work in the figure.
The active inner life and prioritization of stillness that characterizes their work we recognize as being our own, and this generates a contradictory sense of intrusiveness within us. The work allows us to have both. We are invited into their floral stillness, where some endings exist before and some after death. Here, the invisible materializes to illuminate interior transformations.
Curated by Aleta Lanier and Marcos Valella
Ivana Popov completed her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010, received a DAAD Research Fellowship, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 2010/2011, and has exhibited across Europe and the US, including the Cultural Centre Belgrade. She lives in Belgrade, Serbia.
Derek Weisberg received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2005, and has exhibited widely, including recent shows at Trestle Projects in Brooklyn and the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles. He is currently faculty at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Installation photos by Masaki Hori