Betsy Weis (Photography)

Living in a city packed with people and buildings, I am constantly stimulated by the culture on the streets and in the neighborhoods. Though I mostly spend my time working in my studio, the lavish quantity of offerings and options, information and images, outside my windows captivates me. Ironically it is comforting to be surrounded by this stimulation.
Within my contained workspace, my ideas and the outside world reverberate. Turbulence and complexity intersect. Tension, calm, intellect, and emotion are the elements which inform my work.
In spite of the exciting distractions of the city, or because of it, fernweh takes hold of me: I want to be somewhere else, far away. I go and, in doing so, forget what I left behind. I take my camera and find places where nature is wild and uncertain. This act of departure from the known space of my studio and home is essential.
When I enter a natural landscape, I gaze at uninterrupted air, sky, geography, history, and weather, and take pictures to capture their ineffable qualities. Focused on what I see in front of me, I wander. The serene appearance of a gentle snowfall, a sunny pond, or the branching patterns I observe in the trees belies nature’s relentless chaotic activity. Its potency and magnitude are infused in every leaf floating in the breeze and every tenacious windstorm that might have knocked down a tree at its roots.
After I photograph in nature, I return to my studio and develop the images of trees, dirt, grass, water, snow, shadows, sun, and clouds, and occasionally a figure, using a subtle yet straightforward monotone palette.
I am reminded: There is so much to look at besides what is really going on. It is not just what you see in the picture; what is missing is significant, too. Wherever, whenever, I always look further to find where I am in this deep and unpredictable subject. I dilate in nature and take pictures to get close to its wild core.

Photo of Betsy Weis (Photography)

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Snow


Water


Waterlilies


Resume

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Rafius Fane Gallery, Boston, MA, Landscape is a Verb

2011 Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

2007 Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2004-05 Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI, THROUGH WATER - BETSY WEIS: A SURVEY

1997 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

1992 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, ACCESS

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2016 Arteles, Silence.Awareness.Existence, Haukijårvi, Finland

2005 Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Russell Janis, Brooklyn, NY, Potters and Printmakers

2016 Square Peg Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY Two Person Show with Andreea Waters

2014 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, In the Black

SPACEWOMb, New York, NY, Spring Art Market

2013 SPACEWOMb, Long Island City, NY, Adieu September

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Soft Focus

SPACEWOMb, Long Island City, NY, Square

2012 OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY, Arcadia

2010 The Embankment Gallery, Jersey City, NY 365 Days of Print Mining Endangered Print Media

AGFA Project Space, White Plains, NY, Eastern Influence

2009 Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Nature/Nurture Betsy Weis and Hiroyo Kaneko

2008-09 Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont New York, Works on Paper

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Group Show

2006 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, ELEMENTS

LiveBox Gallery at NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, IL

2005 New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY, Digital ’05: Exquisite, ASCI's 7th International Digital Print Exhibition

2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, Paintings

2003 The Painting Center, New York, NY, THE BIG ABSTRACT SHOW

2001 New York, NY, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (silent) ART AUCTION (also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)

2000 Gallery 402, New York, NY

The Art Club Gallery, New York, NY, OIA Y2K-aotic: Uncensored All-Media Salon Show

1999 Chittenden Falls Factory, Stuyvesant Falls, NY, IT STUCK IN MY MIND

1998 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY, TALENT 1998 (also 1997, 1996, 1995)

1997 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Gallery Group

1996 Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Exhibition to Benefit New York Foundling Hospital

1995 Reggio Gallery, New York, NY, Spirit, Dream and Form

407 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, Semaphore: Placing the Mark, CATALOG

Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, NATURE RE(CONTAINED), CATALOG

1994 Gold Hills Gallery, Madrid, NM

Gallery 128, New York, NY, Exhibition Against Political Correctness

1993 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Holiday Group Show, Paperworks

Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY, Canapés, Corners and other Minor Constellations

Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, NY, National '93 Small Works Exhibition

1989 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, NY

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2017 BERLINER LISTE 2017, Berlin, Germany

Epiphany Magazine Spring/Summer Issue Cover Art

2014 and 2012 Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, New York, NY, Guest Artist

2011 Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Winter Soiree (also Autumn and Summer Soirees) at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, Guest Artist

Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Monadnock Music Festival, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Guest Artist

EDUCATION

1989 New York University, New York, NY, M.A., Painting

1981 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, B.F.A., Textiles