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Shoshanna Weinberger

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Birthplace
Kingston, Jamaica West Indies

Lives in
Newark, NJ

Works in
Newark, NJ

Website

Statement

The history of exposé, beauty and form are what drives me to create. The focus, in recent years, has been the real-life story of SaartjieBaartman the “Hottentot Venus.” I find Baartman’s life both captivating and horrific; living as a specimen perpetuating the myth of “otherness” that can still be found today fascinates me as a woman and an artist.

Although far removed from my own experience, Baartman’s story is easily identifiable both physiologically and politically. The personal connections of awkwardness as a female growing-up in a society obsessed with attaining beauty result in imagery that depicts this as distorted excess. Malformed and decapitated bodies, with long cornrow braids, un-kept locks, and pigtails, mutations of multiple-mouths, nipples, breasts, and buttocks, create a sense of familiarity, confusion, humor and tension.

Contemporary connections of Baartman’s subjugation are found in references to modern-day strip-club dancers, West-Indian Dancehall performers, cultural stereotypes, Hollywood icons, prostitutes and circus side-show freaks to name a few. These figures are tangled, hogtied and suffocated with props associated with femininity such as thongs, bras, high-heels and jewelry. Some forms are placed on a scallop shell akin to the mythological Birth of Venus story. These drawings allude to the psychology of co- existing in human and animal form as well as forms grotesque and sexualized.

Inspired by natural objects recorded in historical surveys of my native West Indies, in this drawing series I consider myself a visual anthropologist examining these female archetypes. Consciously framing my subjects as specimens, in the survey tradition, the images remain within a border at times. The Modernist grid is employed as a form of story-telling and comparative studies to produce collections of drawings much like those found in a Cabinet of Curiosity or a Wunderkammer. The grids display multiple variations akin to the variations of a butterfly collection that presents the unique evidence of variation and displayed as a single image.

CV

 

EDUCATION

 

2003   MFA / Yale University School of Art / New Haven, CT

1995   BFA / The School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Chicago, IL

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2012

Sometimes All of Me is not Enough / Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art / Miami, FL (solo show)

Why I Draw / Front Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation / New York, NY

What Makes My Hottentot So Hot / Solo(s) Project House / Newark, NJ (solo show)

 

2011  

Drawing Resurfaced / Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University Galleries / West Lafayette, IN

Spillage: Traces, Evidence and Presence, curated by William Cordova / Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art / Miami, FL

 

2010  

Metro 27 / City Without Walls Gallery / Newark, NJ

Reality + Artifice: NJ Arts Annual Fine Arts / New Jersey State Museum / Trenton, NJ

 

2009  

The Exquisite Corpse: 30th Anniversary Exhibition / Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers / Newark, NJ

Hysteria: Past Yet Present, curated by Anonda Bell /Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers / Newark, NJ

 

2008  

The New Authentics: Artists of the post-Jewish Generation, curated by Staci Boris / Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University / Waltham, MA

National Biennial Exhibition / National Gallery of Jamaica / Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

 

2007  

The New Authentics: Artists of the post-Jewish Generation, curated by Staci Boris / Spertus Museum / Chicago, IL

 

2006  

National Biennial Exhibition / National Gallery of Jamaica / Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

Working Title / Gallery 51 / Montclair, NJ

 

2005  

New American Talent 18, curated by Dominic Molon / Texas A&M / Commerce, TX

 

2004  

5x7: On the Road / Art House at Jones Center Contemporary Art / Austin, TX

 

2003  

Art Basel Miami Beach / Ambrosino Gallery / Miami, FL

Summer Jam, curated by Franklin Sirmans / Roebling Hall, Satellite Gallery / New York, NY

Gilligan’s Island / Ambrosino Gallery / Miami, FL

New American Talent 18, curated by Dominic Molon /Arthouse Jones Center for Contemporary Art / Austin, TX

 

HONORS / RESIDENCIES / AWARDS

 

2003

Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize / Yale University, Yale School of Art / New Haven, CT

 

2002

Gamblin Art Award / Yale University, Yale School of Art / New Haven, CT

Norfolk Teaching Residency / Yale Summer School of Art / Norfolk, CT

PUBLICATIONS / REVIEWS

 

2012

newarknj.patch.com, “A Hot Exhibit” , Paul Milo, February 15, 2012

 

2011

Drawing Resurfaced / Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University Galleries, exhibition catalogue

Knightarts.org / Traces of What Was and What Makes Us Who We Are / Anne Tschida / March 30

NBCMiami.com / NiteTalk / John Hood / March 17

 

2010

Star-Ledger / Metro 27 exhibition review / Dan Bischoff / Nov. 7

Reality + Artifice: NJ Arts Annual Fine Arts / New Jersey State Museum exhibition catalogue

 

2009

Star-Ledger / “Exquisite chaos Robeson Galleries mark 30 years with sprawling art project”  / John Zeaman / Nov. 23

The Exquisite Corpse: 30th Anniversary Exhibition / Paul Robeson Galleries / Rutgers exhibition catalogue

Hysteria: Past Yet Present / Paul Robeson Galleries / Rutgers exhibition catalogue

 

2008

National Gallery of Jamaica: National Biennial Exhibition 2008 exhibition catalogue

Frieze Magazine / The New Authentics Review, /Jason Foumberg /August 8

Nextbook.org / “Cultural Evolution” / Stephen Vider, / July 2

Zeek, Winter/Spring 2008

 

2007

Chicago Tribune / The New Authentics Art Review, Tempo Section / Alan G. Artner / December 6

New City / “Authentically Yours” / Dan Gunn / December 6

Time Out Chicago / “Art stars of David” / Lauren Weinberg / Nov 29-Dec5

The New Authentics: Artists of the post-Jewish Generation Spertus Museum catalogue

 

2006

National Gallery of Jamaica: National Biennial Exhibition 2006 exhibition catalogue

 

2003

New American Talent 18 exhibition catalogue / Arthouse at the Jones Center / Austin, TX

 

1996

Shape-Shifting: Transformation in the Art of the Book /University of Northern Colorado / Greeley, CO

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

MFA Slide Archive / Yale School of Art / New Haven, CT

Book Arts Slide/CD ROM Archive / University of Northern Colorado / Greeley, CO

Art Scholar Slide Archive / Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation / Colorado Springs, CO

Recent Exhibits

Shoshanna Weinberger participated in these exhibits:

May, 2013 EMPIRE
FiveMyles
 
Sep, 2012 Acts of Alterity
Nomad Gallery
 
Apr, 2012 sometimes all of me is not enough
carol jazzar contemporary art
 
May, 2011 Spillage: traces, evidence and presence
carol jazzar contemporary art
 
Mar, 2011 SPILLAGE: TRACES, EVIDENCE AND PRESENCE
carol jazzar contemporary art
 
Nov, 2009 The Exquisite Corpse: Paul Robeson Galleries 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers
 
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