What: RANTS by Deirdre Weinberg
When: December 2, 2013–January 6, 2014
Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)
For more than a decade, artist Deirdre Weinberg has collected randomly posted “rants” by people in San Francisco and illustrated them in her paintings. These statements created by people she does not know came in the form of scribbles, instructions, and warnings that Weinberg pulled from telephone poles, picked up on the street, or took oﬀ of her own car door.
As a result, the pieces take on the weight of surveillance and paranoia; some have religious undertones; others take on their own un-categorical meaning. Weinberg sought to work collaboratively, in a sense, with the unknown people and the words they felt were urgent enough to distribute or post. Rather than highlight irrationality or anger, the artist created scenes representative of the “little bit of truth,” as is said in Buddhism, that each person carries.
About the artist
Weinberg strives to make artwork that serves as a reﬂecting pool for thought, action, and truth. She strives to be a progressive force in promoting work that speaks to the non-paying consumers of art: anyone who walks past a kiosk, mural, or wanders into a gallery. She has great passion and philosophical reasoning to create art for public display, as she believes it is the highest form of communication to aspire to. To quote the late poet Adrienne Rich: “Art means nothing if it simply decorates the table of power which holds it hostage.”
About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.
Photos courtesy of Deirdre Weinberg