Derek Weisberg

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Derek Weisberg is a figurative artist whose sculptures are viscerally human. Weisberg uses art as a way to process the impossible daily challenge of being human: being alive while holding the daily awareness of the inevitability of death, and the intuitive need to form meaningful social connections along the way. His lone portraits capture distinct emotions in the faces and gestures of the figures assembled from ceramics, stoneware, wood plaster, and other found materials. He maintains a deep connection to a hands-on studio practice, letting sculptures come to life in an intuitive way over a period of time. For Weisberg, the hand of the artist allows for a certain humanity to shine through in his work, and also specifically combats the larger-scale production system that many artists work in today. In addition to his sculpture practice, Weisberg also makes drawings and paintings in a similar aesthetic: mixed media collage with added drawn elements that feature faces distorted through the layering of mismatched and contorted features.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

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