Weissberger’s playful photographs step over the edge of the image and onto the frame or onto the wall with paint, plaster and sculpture extruding like the limb of a hidden character. She explores materials in a way that reveals a quirky fascination with the containers that frame our lives: cardboard, packing materials, tape. Within the temporary studio installations she photographs she frequently places cutout shapes in the foreground. As the viewer looks through the cutouts negative spaces unhinge and appear as objects. Weissberger says, “I invite the viewer to be an active participant in dealing with illusion and the anxieties that arise from parsing the ambiguous picture.”
Each piece embodies the way humans identify with the objects that we consume. Weissberger tips a hat to Rene Magritte with the title of her exhibition and explores what Magritte also grappled with, “the ascendancy of poetry over painting”: however for Weissberger, the power struggle is perhaps with the lens instead of the brush. For her, the ability for photography to capture the banality of life through the lens of fickle humor creates a delightful show that obfuscates the obsessive culture in which we are brooding.
Barbara Weissberger divides her time between Pittsburgh and New York. Weissberger is a Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow from Yaddo, VCCA, Hambidge, and MacDowell. She has shown extensively throughout the United States, including exhibitions with SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, The Drawing Center, New York, Photoville in DUMBO, and with ADA Gallery.