Tenesh Webber

Born in 1963 - Canada


Tenesh Webber is a Canadian abstract artist, her work explores and challenges traditional black and white photography. She lives in New Jersey and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Webber studied with Canadian artists like Ian Wallace and Eldon Garnet, who were among the first innovators in experimental photography at the Art Faculty and Design Emily Carr in Vancouver. She graduated from the OCAD University in Toronto.

Her photos are influenced by the work of a long series of abstract artists. These mainly include the bold drawings of stick painting by Richard Serra, geometric assemblies of Barry Le Va and the fine minimal process of Agnès Martin. Her work is in the same lines of "rayographers", or photo-grams, set up by artists such as Man Ray and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Based on these works of artists, Webber was able to develop a a unique approach and create her own photo-grams, she includes elements of sculpture and drawing and of course counts on chance.

During the last 25 years, Tenesh Webber has been working on large-scale or wall-sized photos, handling photos in a darkroom, or manipulating the negatives in the camera. Webber's process begins with sketches, in which she develops ideas of images. She then creates two-dimensional objects with a sewing thread, or a marker on plexiglass.

Jane Ursula Harris, commissioner/writer wrote about the artist: "Thanks to the various means which brings out repeated variations, Webber's minimalist forms reveal infinite possibilities of photo gram which can be used not only as the means but also the process. Like the poetic constraint of painted grids by Agnès Martin, these abstract images in black and white, designed through layers of thread, hum with the subtle energy which can only be provided through hand gestures".

Webber's work is part of public and private collections, including the ones in the Brooklyn Museum and Barclays Bank, New York. She received several grants and awards for her work, including two grants from the Art Council in Canada, several grants from Artist's Space, New York... Webber has exhibited her work around the country, but has also done individual and collective exhibitions in Europe.

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


Passing Through, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Jeanne Heifetz
Reunion, QuadArt Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria
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.
D(raw), Bullet Space, NY. NY. Curated by Alexandra Rojas
100 Valentines, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.
In Form, 24-6-Space, NY. NY.
Arcadia Now, Jersey City University, New Jersey, Curated by Tom
McGlynn (Catalogue)
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
Floral, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, Curated by Sally
Apfelbaum, (Catalogue)
The Perfect Crime, Bullet Space, NY. NY.
Kuf Mold, Rotterdam, Holland, Curated by Suzan Batu, and Bill Doherty
“Paterson: The Provence of the Poem/The City as Metaphor”, Ben Shahn
Galleries, William Paterson University, Paterson, NJ. Curated by Nancy
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)
Lateral Attitudes, RVC College, Somerville, NJ., (Catalogue)
(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.
Deck The Walls, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas, Curated by
Catherine Couturier
Northerner 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.
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
Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, Ill.
Salon, Stanhope Hotel, NY. NY., Curated by Leslie Gerber-Seid
Fifty by Ten, Gerber-Seid Fine Arts, NY. NY.
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
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.
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
Living It, 14E. 4th Street, Apt #1118, NY. NY.
Viewfinder, Bronx River Art Center, Curated by Amir Bey
Tarrazona Foto, Tarrazona, Spain, (Catalogue)
Arco 95, Madrid, Spain, Curated by Angel Luis de la Cruz, (Catalogue)
Digitas, Jack Tilton Gallery, NY. NY.
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.
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.
A.I.R. Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, NY. NY.
Evocation, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NY. NY.
Selections, Center for Book Arts, NY. NY.
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


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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