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Tenesh Webber

Born in 1963 - Canada

BIOGRAPHY

Tenesh Webber is a Canadian abstract photographer whose work explores and challenges conventions of traditional black and white photography. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Webber studied at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, and at OCAD University, in Toronto, where she received an AOCA Degree. Tenesh Webber has, over the past 25 years, worked in either large scale/mural size prints; manipulated the photographs in the darkroom, or manipulated the negatives in the camera. Her current photography, which focuses on medium-scale photograms, continues her explorations of the medium. The prints are medium scale, 11”x11”, or 20”x20”.

Webber’s process begins with sketches, in which she develops the image ideas. She then creates two-dimensional objects out of sewing thread, or marker on plexiglass. She builds the images through layering, stretching and cutting the thread, and through repetitive line drawing onto plexiglass. These “plates” are used to create cameraless photographic images.

Webber studied with Canadian artists Ian Wallace and Eldon Garnet who were early innovators in experimental photography, in the 1970’s, introducing large-scale and sequential imagery into their photography practice. She was inspired by these artists, to develop her own approach to working with the medium, leading to explorations in scale and alternative photographic processes, including her current work with photograms.

Her photography is also influenced and inspired by the work of a long history of photographers, painters and sculptors working in abstraction. These include, Richard Serra’s bold oil stick drawings, Barry Le Va’s arrangements of geometric form, and Agnes Martin’s delicate minimal process.

Her work falls within a tradition of “rayographs”, or photograms, established by artists such as Man Ray, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, in the 1920’s, artists whose work in photography was informed by their painting and sculptural practice.

Building on these artists work, Webber has developed a unique approach to the creation of her photograms, integrating elements of sculpture and drawing while also incorporating chance operations.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2015
Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.
2002
Yossi Milo Gallery, NY. NY.
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Ma.
2000
Art Resources Transfer Inc, NY. NY.
1999
Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY. NY.
1997
Art Resources Transfer Inc, NY. NY.
1995
A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
1993
Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016
Passing Through, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Jeanne Heifetz
Reunion, QuadArt Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria
2015
The Big Small Show, Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ.
Minimax, Bullet Space, NY. NY.
Sanctus, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ. (Catalogue)
The ESKFF Residency Program: Selections, Gallery 5 at Mana Contemporary,
Jersey City, NJ.
On Paper, weathervane, Brooklyn, NY.
Making History, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014
D(raw), Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by Alexandra Rojas
100 Valentines, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.
2013
In Form, 24-6-Space, NY. NY.
2012
Arcadia Now, Jersey City University, New Jersey, Curated by Tom
McGlynn (Catalogue)
2011
The Hatchery: East of Fresno, Badger, California
Wrong Place for the Right People, Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by
Andrew Castrucci
Arcadia Now, Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont
2010
Floral, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Curated by Sally
Apfelbaum, (Catalogue)
The Perfect Crime, Bullet Space, NY. NY.
2009
Kuf Mold, Rotterdam, Holland, Curated by Suzan Batu, and Bill Doherty
(Catalogue)
“Paterson: The Provence of the Poem/The City as Metaphor”, Ben Shahn
Galleries, William Paterson University, Paterson, NJ. Curated by Nancy
Einreinhofer
2008
The History Show, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Kat Griefen and
Dena Muller
To Square, Light, Signal Galleri, Malmo, Sweden, Curated by Fredrik Strid
Kuf-mold, Gallerji Jan Colle, Ghent, Belgium, (Catalogue)
2007
Lateral Attitudes, RVC College, Somerville, NJ., (Catalogue)
2006
(K)nots, N.J. City University, Jersey City, NJ, (Catalogue)
Deck The Walls, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas,
Curated by Catherine Courtier
Northener Obscura, Gallery 101, Houston, Texas
The Natural World, PhotoNewburgh, Newburgh, NY, Curated
by Andrew Garn
Wish You Were Here 3, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
Seid Show, Gerber Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.
2005
Deck The Walls, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas, Curated by
Catherine Couturier
Northerner Obscura, Gallery 101, Houston, Texas
2004
The Natural World, PhotoNewburgh, Newburgh, NY, Curated by
Andrew Garn
Wish You Were Here 3, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
Seid Show, Gerber Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.
2003
A Decade in Review: The Fellowship Program, AIR Gallery, NY. NY.
Salon, Gerber Seid Fine Art, NY. NY.
07300 too, Jersey City, NJ., Curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado
2002
Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, Ill.
Salon, Stanhope Hotel, NY. NY., Curated by Leslie Gerber-Seid
2001
Fifty by Ten, Gerber-Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.
2000
2000 Annos Luz, Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Curated by Angel Luis de la Cruz, ( Catalogue)
Collectors Edge, N.J Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ., Curated by
Calvin Reid
1998
What's on The Wall? Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY. NY.
Summer Group Show, The Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
The Tip of The Iceberg, Fred Dorfman Projects, N.Y. N.Y., Curated by
Bill Bartman
25 Years of A.I.R., Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY.
Selected Photography, Kougeas Gallery, Boston MA.
1997
ART Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Photography Exhibit, Kougeas Gallery, Boston Ma.
Generations: 25th Anniversary Show, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
Home, Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by Andrew and Paul Castrucci
1996
Living It, 14E. 4th Street, Apt #1118, NY. NY.
Viewfinder, Bronx River Art Center, Curated by Amir Bey
1995
Tarrazona Foto, Tarrazona, Spain, (Catalogue)
Arco 95, Madrid, Spain, Curated by Angel Luis de la Cruz, (Catalogue)
Digitas, Jack Tilton Gallery, NY. NY.
1994
Smart Art, Printed Matter Inc, NY. NY., Curated by Max Schumann
Gallery Group Show, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
All Out, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.
1993
A.I.M. Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx, NY.
Curated by Lydia Yee and Marisol Nieves (Catalogue)
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist's Space, NY. NY.
1992
A.I.R. Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
1991
Evocation, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NY. NY.
Selections, Center for Book Arts, NY. NY.
1989
CHINA: June 4..., P.S. 1 Museum, L.I.C., NY. Curated by the Asian
American Art Center
The Printshop Comes of Age, The LES Printshops 21st Anniversary, La
Mama Gallery, NY. NY.
Women's Work, Bullet Space, NY. NY. (Catalogue)
If You lived Here..., Dia Art Foundation, NY. NY. A Project by Martha
Rosler


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation, NY. NY.
The Equitable Life Assurance Company, NY. NY.
Barclay Bank, NY. NY.
Simmons College, Boston, MA.
Galeria Spectra, Zaragoza, Spain
Asian American Art Center, NY. NY.
ABC No Rio, NY. NY.
Center For Visual Communications, Miami Florida

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