"This work is one of a series of paired paintings, which is something I really enjoy doing. Diptychs challenge me - and the viewer - to absorb several picures at once. And then I plant smaller framed works within each, to play with painting and background. I like suggesting an environment for the smaller paintings to live within."
Sharp Light of Day/Humidity of Night
acrylic, gouache and rubber stamp on paper, 30” x 44” (76 x 112 cm)
Retail Price $ 3.200
"Sparklers is one of more than fifty works collectively titled Storyboard. Each pair is like two pages in a book, however they can be un-coupled and re-matched with others. I have installed these on the wall in several rows, to evoke the sequential format of a storyboard, which is how scenes from film and television are sometimes planned."
gouache and rubber stamp on paper, (diptych), 10” x 16” (25 x 40 cm)
Retail Price $ 1.500
"Rabbit Hole makes use of the technique of hand-marbleizing, which is something I taught myself after being transifxed by ancient Indian and Turkish papers. The papers are made by floating pigments in a bath, and the paper is dropped onto the surface to transfer them. The movement, chance contours and super-charged colors are kind of psychedelic."
hand-marbleizing and gouache on paper, 27” x 19” (68 x 48 cm)
Retail Price $ 3.000
Please give us a short description of your work.
I describe all my work as vivid backdrops for human activity. That kinda covers it!
You create paintings, drawings, collages, wallpapers, paint murals. Do you consider yourself a mixed-media-artist?
I’ve been called material agnostic, which I suppose is the permission I give myself to follow any direction I find intriguing. I like the word flexible, flexibility in all aspects of life!
What drives you to continue to be an artist?
Sometimes I think it’s restlessness, a desire for freedom. The obsession to produce what I see in my mind’s eye compels me forward.
What inspires your work?
Sometimes I am riveted by a random color and pattern combination I observe out in the world. Other times it is an idea for a new project that comes together mentally. Beyond being inspired by art, I am inspired by many specialized visual vocabularies from everyday life and throughout history such as: hand-drawn typography, shopping and commerce, dazzle camouflage, digital game space, theater, fashion, textiles, needlework, interior design and many more.
What is unique to your practice?
The technical openness of painting, its plasticity. Its initial shapelessness makes it a beautiful arena for envisioning something new. I approach each work or project by setting a stage that coaxes all possible meanings to emerge. Magritte defined painting as „playful physics”, and I think that sums it up perfectly.
Some of your paintings show „art in art“ (for example Sharp Light of Day/Humidity of Night. What is your idea for that?
The painting within the painting is something I often play with. It’s a simple thing that adds some complexity, an awareness of pictures as artificial things, that seeing something often involves parsing several contexts at once. Painting is a „virtual reality”, and it mingles with each of our individual perceptual systems to become something new.
What do you enjoy doing, when you are not working as an artist?
READ! All my life I’ve been a huge reader. I also do needlework and I love to cook. These are both creative activities that are more therapeutic than making art.
Is there anything specific to Miami, that influences your work?
As a subject, Miami is visually inspiring for me. The collision of tropical flora and modernist architecture has a distinct power. It matches some kind of setting I perceive in my mind. I always describe my use of color as pastel and hothouse, which certainly fits Miami more than New York.
New York is my hometown, and what stimulates me there is the social life, the overall creative engine that moves everything all the time. Sometimes I love the feeling of anonymity I get there, and then at other times New York offers this vast feeling of being ultra-connected.
Your favorite place to be in Miami?
The ocean is truly the most powerful and amazing experience to have in Miami. Nothing better. For food, I love to go to Fiorito in Little Haiti (fioritomiami.com). Consistently great fresh food, the churrasco and a glass of Malbec are so satisfying, not pretentious.
What are your current projects you are working on?
Drawing with graphite and pencils has really excited me over the past year. I will continue. It’s refreshing for me to drop out the high intensity color for a period, and to discover the range of hues and values within grays, blacks. Producing finished drawings as stand-alone works has been a new experience. Most of my drawing has taken place in the private realm of my drawing books. I’ve been enjoying teaching myself to create new effects and marks with pencil that are actually kind of painterly.
Michelle Weinberg is a painter who creates art for surfaces, interiors, architecture and public spaces. She brings pastel and hothouse color, eccentric pattern, stylized and geometric forms together to produce what she describes as “vivid backdrops for human activity.” Weinberg creates paintings, drawings, murals, papier maché installations, and designs rugs, tiles, mosaics, textiles – any surface requiring activation! Weinberg has exhibited at museums and galleries in the US and abroad and received awards and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the South Florida Cultural Consortium, MacDowell Colony and more.
See www.michelleweinberg.com for more info.