Jessica Weiss “Pin the Tail on the Tiger”


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“Pin the Tail on the Tiger” marks the first solo exhibition in 8 years by the veteran artist.

The new large-scale paintings by Jessica Weiss are bold humorous scenarios played out through paint, silkscreen and collaged decorative motifs. The title of the exhibition finds origin in a children’s drawing the artist’s son made of a tiger and has inspired many of the playful paintings featured in the show.

Whimsical, impish, and frolicsome, these new paintings by Weiss are the accumulation of decades of accomplished and focused observation of pattern and decoration. Well over twenty years ago, Weiss began pasting wallpaper into her work as a way of introducing ideas about domesticity. She soon incorporated these readymade motifs into a unique painterly language all her own. Weiss builds her imagery through silkscreens and collage, layering patterns as one might do a brush stroke. The physicality of the work is foremost. She is a master at manipulating the found motifs inherent in the scavenged wallpaper to play multiples roles in her canvases—those of containing gestural, narrative, and even darker psychological suggestions.

Additional Events:
Tues, May 10, 7-9pm: Lee Ann Norman, Barry Schwabsky and Joan Waltemtath will discuss Jessica Weiss’s work as part of Artcritical’s Review Panel at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Sun, May 22, 4pm: Poetry ready and book launch for Norte Maar’s new publication featuring poems by Bob Holman and art by Jessica Weiss.

Jessica Weiss is a native New Yorker who lives and works in Gowanus, Brooklyn. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Fellowship in Painting (’89). Solo exhibitions include Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn (’16), A. M. Richard Fine Art, Brooklyn (’08, ‘06), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York (‘92), Stephen Vlamis Gallery, Kent (’93). Recent and historic group exhibitions include “Interior Motif,” The Painting Center (’15), “New York Studio School Alumni Invitational,” (’15), “between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif,” 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, (’15), “Seaworthy,” Edward Thorpe Gallery (’07), “Two Friends and So On,” Andrew Kreps Gallery (’06), “Three Degrees of Separation,” Sonnabend Gallery, (’94) and “The Stroke,” (selected by Elizabeth Murray) Exit Art, (’99).



from April 21, 2016 to May 22, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-04-21 from 19:00 to 22:00


Jessica Weiss

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