Derek Weisberg. Fake Flowers, Paris, Éditions Lord Byron, 2022
1st edition Edition of 300 numbered copies Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, 52 pages English edition ISBN : 978-2-491901-27-1
Derek Weisberg. Fake Flowers is the catalogue on the occasion of the exhibition "Derek Weisberg. Fake Flowers" at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, CA from Avril 23rd to July 2nd, 2022.
Derek Weisberg is an American artist born in 1983. He has worked with such esteemed artists as Stephen De Staebler, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Manuel Neri. Weisberg has maintained a large and demanding studio practice, exhibiting nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 90 exhibitions in the past ten years, and there is no sign of a slowdown in the future. Weisberg currently lives and works in New York City and is a faculty member at Greenwich House Pottery in New York. He is represented by Trotter & Sholer in New York, and works with Lefebvre & Fils in Paris.
"These vases, frozen in time, can hold fresh flowers, cut flowers that are full of color as long as fresh water holds them. The ceramic vase series is titled Tell Me About the Worms, after Samuel Beckett's existential classic En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot). It is a line from Estragon, the impulsive and misanthropic character who contemplates the landscape only to see the decay that leads to his green state. The worms lead to the tussocks which lead to the worms. It's a perpetual, self-perpetuating cycle. Weisberg's vision is more generous - and generous. He tells us about the worms and the flowers at the same time." (Glen Helfand, mars 2022)
Glen Helfand is a writer, curator and teacher based in Oakland, California. His writings on art, culture and design have appeared in Artforum, Aperture, The Guardian, Photograph, SFMOMA Open Space, W, and numerous other publications and exhibition catalogs. Glen has organized exhibitions for the Asian Art Museum San Francisco, the de Young Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Mills College Art Museum, Art Toronto, and numerous alternative and commercial galleries. In his work, he explores the role of art in popular culture, conceptual strategies, emotional capacity and California as a place.