Mother, Silver Eye Center for Photography
2020
Navel
2019
archival inkjet print, photo printed cotton fabric wrapped frame
48" x 31"

photo: Ivette Spradlin



Shape Involvement
2019
Photographs printed on cotton and chiffon, thread, wood frame
84" x 84", unique

photo: Ivette Spradlin

Soft Surveillance
2019
archival inkjet print
36" x 24"


Memory of a Place You've Never Been
2019
archival inkjet print
multiple


Alter-foot
2019
archival inket print, photo printed cotton fabric wrapped frame
21" x 34"

photo: Ivette Spradlin

Alter_hand
2019
archival inket print, photo printed cotton fabric wrapped frame
21" x 34"

photo: Ivette Spradlin

More Fragile But More Enduring
2019
archival inkjet print
30" x 20"
Adoration
2019
archival inkjet print
30" x 20"
Elephant
2019
archival inkjet print
30" x 20"
Punchline
2019
archival inkjet prints
30" x 40"

photo: Ivette Spradlin


Improbable Body
2019
archival inkjet print
36" x 24"
Hairy Frog Eye
2019
archival inkjet print
36" x 24"
A Tat, A Snag (sant'Agata)
2019
archival inkjet print
24" x 36"
Suspended Blue
2019
photographs printed on cotton, thread, archival pigment print
29" x 19"

photo: Ivette Spradlin

Your Eye So Close
2019
Photographs printed on cotton, thread, archival pigment print
31" x 26"

photo: Ivette Spradlin

Hold Me
2019
photographs printed on cotton, polyester fiberfill and cotton stuffing
dimensions variable

photo: Sean Carroll

Hold Me
2019
photographs printed on cotton, polyester fiberfill and cotton stuffing
dimensions variable

photo: Sean Carroll

Mother, Silver Eye Center for Photography
2020

photo: Sean Carroll

"In deciding to title this exhibition Mother, Barbara Weissberger opens a floodgate to potential allusions, references, and interpretations. The artist eschews any specific meaning as to what the exhibition title is in reference to, emphasizing that the title is “open to a multiplicity of responses.” This approach makes space for lots of fertile questioning, as we ponder who the mother is in this exhibition—or perhaps a better question might be, what mother is. In this exhibition, Weissberger has created images and objects which resemble bodily forms, yet the elements she uses are mostly disembodied: eyes that float, hands that remain estranged from arms, and intestinal-looking tubular shapes. It isn’t always clear precisely what kind of body or bodies are being created. Instead, there is a suggestive ambiguity to how “mother” functions here, as forms and shapes slip into one another, disturbing any clear reading of how they come together to form a whole. Viewing these lumpen, yet strangely active images and objects is an exercise in thinking through new questions about the creative impulse, and how Weissberger might test our assumptions about a word we think we understand."


-From the Gallery Guide

Kate Kelley, Assistant Curator, Silver Eye Center for Photography


Barbara Weissberger: Mother -- J Houston in The Heavy Collective


Studio Visit with Silver Eye