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Sarah Weber

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Anita Pallenberg, Nellcote, 2014 Graphite, Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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"I'm not a very good mover." Charlie Watts, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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Something to kick against II, 2013 Toner and Acrylic Gel Medium on Rives BFK, Mounted in Light Box With Painted Wooden Frame 30 in X 24 in
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Something to kick against I, 2013 Toner and Acrylic Gel Medium on Cut Rives BFK Over Toner and Spray Paint on Clear Dura-lar, Mounted in Light Box With Painted Wooden Frame 30 in X 24 in
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The Pose, 2014 Ink on Illustration Board 11 in X 14 in
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Modus Operandi I, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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Modus Operandi II, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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Untitled (with a train), 2014 Graphite, Acrylic on Cut Paper 8 X 4 Feet
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Untitled, 2013 Graphite, Acrylic on Xerox Prints 11 in X 17 in © Sarah Weber
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Stones in Exile 41:03, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 in X 14 in
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Stones in Exile 16:44, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 in X 14 in
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"At the end, especially, I thought I was cursed." Anita Pallenberg, 2014 Graphite on Illustration Board in Velvet Covered Panel 11 X 14 Inches
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Stones In Exile 39:11, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 in X 14 in
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Process Print I, 2014 Ink and Colored Pencil on Rives BFK 18 X 30 Inches
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Process Print II, 2014 Ink and Colored Pencil on Rives BFK 18 X 30 Inches
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Pam Courson, 2014 Ink and Colored Pencil on Illustration Board 11 X 9 Inches
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Sunset Studios, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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Somewhere we shouldn't stay, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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Not going back, 2014 Graphite and Ink on Illustration Board 11 X 14 Inches
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Honor Your Poets, 2014 Transparant Prints, Layered and Projected Various © Sarah Weber 2014
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The sunlight bores the daylights outta me., 2011 Light Reflection on a Wall © Sarah Weber
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Heat I, 2013 Burned Jersey Over Metallic Papered Panel 36 in X 36 in © Sarah Weber
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Heat II, 2013 Burned Jersey Over Metallic Papered Panel 36 in X 36 in © Sarah Weber
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Game Face, 2012 Graphite on Burned Vellum, Metallic Paper © Sarah Weber
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Pep Rally, 2013 Graphite, Glitter, Acrylic on Xerox Print © Sarah Weber
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It's so hard to be entranced these days., 2012 Scracth & Sparkle Paper, Gouache 88 in X 86 in © Sarah Weber
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Quick Facts
Schools
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 2011, MFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Statement

Light bores. Light bores into my eyes, making my pupils shrink and recoil in fear and my temples throb. Light bores onto my skin, marking it's territory with a tan that is hot to touch. This boring, piercing, twisting light that leaves only a hole in its wake is inherently violent and is my constant companion in my Los Angeles studio. The dual nature of light as enticing and detrimental is present in my work, where glares of graphite thinly veil the scratching and burning of my obsessive, excessive hand. My right hand's impatience drives my practice, keeping the physicality of mark making at the core of each piece's conception. With aggressive actions, such as burning holes through fabric, smearing ink across vellum, or ripping a Xerox transfer print, I am eager to make each found image or material my own. My insatiable need to make the work comes from growing up with a family business, a traditional German bakery on the south side of Chicago. Working at the bakery, I started my days before dawn and learned to value hard work and using my hands. I recognize my concerns with physical labor, materials, and production as parts heritage and ritual in the studio.

I left Chicago in February for Los Angeles, and the transition is evident in the work. Marks in each drawing range from hasty and impulsive to painstaking and considered, a tension indicative of my own feelings of uncertainty surrounding the move. Having grown up in the Midwest, Los Angeles still seems strange and can be isolating, so I look to my idols for reassurance. There is a reason why the Rolling Stones finished Exile on Main St. at Sunset Sound and why Neil Young drove here from Canada in a hearse. I am still getting used to my own self-imposed LA exile; the light is different here. As my eyes adjust, I keep my hands busy. The sweat on my fingers makes the graphite slide with ease across the arid surfaces, and I let the paper curl in the sun.

Sarah Weber (b. 1988) received her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2011 and her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.  Her work has recently been exhibited at Vita Art Center (Ventura), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Lloyd Dobler Gallery (Chicago), and Galerie Nord (Berlin).  Solo exhibitions include Honor Your PoetsThe Franklin, (Chicago) and Just A Phase, Rena Sternberg Gallery (Glencoe).   In 2013, Sarah was awarded the Ox-Bow Scholarship, funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.