Monika Weiss is a Polish-American artist whose practice explores relationships between history and memory, time and space. Her process involves extensive research and collaboration with architects, historians, archivists and other specialists. In the words of British art critic Guy Brett, "Weiss creates an alternative experience of space and time, which is not end-driven but steady and enduring, establishing and deepening a human presence. Her work is a remarkable, individual counterpoint between technological media (video projection) and the ancient activity of drawing. Sound is also an important element, meticulously composed, which lifts the silent filmed actions into another emotional register."
Born in Warsaw in 1964, Monika Weiss lives and works in New York City. Her works have been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. Weiss' most recent solo exhibitions include Monika Weiss: Sustenazo at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2010). In 2005, Lehman College Art Gallery, CUNY organized and published a comprehensive survey of the artist's work to date. Five Rivers was favorably reviewed in The New York Times. Other recent exhibitions include also Opening at Museum Montanelli, Prague (2010), Prisoner's Dilemma at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2009), Women and Olympic Games at Frauenmuseum, Bonn (2009), On the Absence of Camps at Kunsthaus Dresden (2006) and Moment by Moment at North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (2006).
Publications about the artist's work include Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, I.B. Tauris, London (2007). Weiss' own writing has been published in such books and journals as New Realities: Being Syncretic, Springer Wien/New York (2009), and Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, Intellect Ltd, London (2006). In 2009 the artist was awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in interdisciplinary category. Monika Weiss's work is represented by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal and Remy Toledo Projects, New York and is featured in public collections such as Albertina Museum (Vienna) and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami).
SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS 2010 Sustenazo, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL 2009 Conversation-the Begining, with Roland Schefferski, Centre for Contemporary Art Galeria EL, Elblag, PL 2008 Marginalia, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, CAN 2007 Between Body and History, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, CAN 2006 Limen II, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York, USA 2006 Between Body and Language, with Graciela Fuentes and Sara Mondiano, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, USA2005 Five Rivers, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, USA 2005 Leukos-Early Morning Light, with Kaarina Kaikonen, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, USA 2005 Performing the Drawing, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, CAN2005 Phlegethon-Milczenie, Inter-Galerie, Potsdam/Berlin, DE2004 Intervals, with Carolee Schneemann, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, USA2004 Vessels, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA 2002 Ennoia, with Stephen Vitiello, Diapason Gallery, New York, USA 1998 Koiman, Space 1181 Art Center, Atlanta, USA1996 3 vrouwen, 3 naties, 3 visies, with Ulrike Hogrebe and Liselotte Schut, BMB Gallery, Amsterdam, NL1996 Saint Sebastian from Atlanta, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA1995 After, Galerie L'espace Degree, Luxemburg, LUX1994 Recent Works, Galerie BMB, Amsterdam, NL
SELECTED PUBLIC PROJECTS 2009 Expulsion, ConcentArt, Berlin, DE 2006 Drawing Lethe, World Financial Center Winter Garden/The Drawing Center, New York, USA2005 Between Presence and Performative Memory, Instytut Sztuki WYSPA, Gdansk, PL2005 Williamsburg Celebrates Performa05: Monika Weiss, Galeria Galou, Brooklyn, New York, USA2003 Drawing Room, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2010 Opening, Museum Montanelli, Prague, CZE2009 Perform Williamsburg, Urban Art Projects, New York, USA2009 The Prisoner's Dilemma, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, USA 2008 Wa(h)re Kunst, ConcentArt, Berlin, DE 2008 Independent Drawing New York, Artbreak Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA2008 Frauen bei Olympia, FrauenMuseum, Bonn, DE 2008 KRAJ, National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Opole, PL 2008 DIVA Video and Digital Art Fair, New York, USA2008 Www.women, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, CAN 2007 You Won't Feel a Thing, WYSPA Art Institute, Gdansk, PL 2007 Cornice Art Fair, Venice, Italy, IT2007 Loneliness and Melancholy, Manchester College, Connecticut, USA2006 Moment by Moment, The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA 2006 Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, USA2006 POZA, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA 2006 Polyphony of Images, Consulate General of Poland, New York, USA 2006 You Won't Feel a Thing, Kunsthaus Dresden, DE 2006 Codes of Culture, ArteBA, Buenos Aires, ARG2006 Spirit of Discovery,The Facto Foundation, Trancoso, Portugal, PT2006 Von der Abwesenheit des Lagers, Kunsthaus Dresden, DE2005 OMNIART, Miami Basel International Art Fair, Miami2005 Bayenale, The LAB Gallery, San Francisco2005 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York2005 DIVA Video and Digital Art Fair, New York2004 Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York2003 Harlem Art Project, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, USA2003 12 Annual Art Artists Studio Tour, Art in General, New York, USA2003 The Sonic Self, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA 2003 OHM 2, a performance in frequency, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA2001 I/O Skin, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, USA
SELECTED BOOKS/CATALOGUES2010 Opening, Muzeum Montanelli, Prague2009 The Prisoner's Dilemma, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami2008 Frauen bei Olympia, FrauenMuseum, Bonn2008 POZA: On the Polishness of Polish Contemporary Art, Real Art Ways, Hartford2007 Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, Loughborough University, UK2007 You Won't Feel a Thing: On panic, obsession, rituality and anesthesia, Kunstahaus Dresden/Wyspa Institute of Art, Dresden/Gdansk2006 Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami2006 Von der Abwesenheit des Lagers, Kunsthaus Dresden2006 Monika Weiss: Five Rivers, Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York2005 Between Presence and Performative Memory, Panoptikum, Akademickie Centrum Kultury2004 Monika Weiss: Vessels, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
SELECTED INVITED LECTURES2009 Stony Brook University, New York2009 Sala Parpallo Centre for Contemporary Art, Valencia2008 White Columns, New York2008 Concordia University, Montreal2008 LABoral Centro de Arte y Creation Industrial, Gijon 2007 Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato2007 Loughborough University2007 Real Art Ways, Hartford2006 McGill University, Montreal2005 APEXART, New York2005 The City and The Humanities, Lehman College, Bronx, New York2004 Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York2004 Location One & Chelsea Art Museum, New York2002 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago2001 Nomads+Residents, Sixteen Beavers, New York2000 Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta1998 Salomon Projects Gallery, Atlanta1997 Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta1996 Spelman College, Atlanta1996 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah
SELECTED REVIEWS2010 The Prague Post2009 Esse-Arts + Opinions, 66, Montreal 2009 Miami New Times/Art2008 The Warsaw Voice2007 Montreal Gazette2007 ARTnews2007 ArtNexus2006 The Hartford Courant2006 Sachisische Zeitung2006 ARTnews2006 La Revista Nueva, Buenos Aires2005 The New York Times2005 Afterimage2005 Kultur/Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichteni2005 Vie des Arts Montreal2004 New York Arts Magazine2000 Creative Loafing, Atlanta1999 Sculpture 1999 Art Papers1998 Artnet.com Reviews1998 The Atlanta Journal/Constitution1995 Louxembourger Word1994 Alert: Galerie Agenda Amsterdam
GRANTS & RESIDENCIES 2010 YADDO, Saratoga Springs, USA2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work, USA2009 AIR Laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL2009 ConcentArt, Berlin2006 World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York, USA 2006 The Facto Foundation, Trancoso, PT2005 Philip Guston and Musa McKim, YADDO, Saratoga Springs, USA 2003 Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, USA2002 The School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA1997 Artists In Residence International (AIRI), Atlanta, USA1996 Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA 1996 The Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of Savannah, USA