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Margi Weir: Bearing Witness

December 1, 2017  – January 20, 2018

Exhibition Statement

Margi Weir: Bearing Witness is an exhibition of art works created in the past two years; most of which are a combination of acrylic paintings and colorful vinyl installations that blur the line between fine art and design. The decorative, tapestry-like compositions contain somewhat hidden pictorial narratives based on Weir’s observation of the world around her. The work falls into three general themes. The first theme is a reaction to escalating gun violence in the United States. Sociopolitical observations and environmental concerns follow as the second and third areas of exploration. Meaning is implied by the juxtaposition of images. Conclusions are left to the viewer in the hope that a continued questioning will be inspired by the work of art.

Artist Bio

Margi Weir, an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, calls upon figurative arrangements seen in Egyptian tombs and Grecian amphorae and presents them in a tapestry-like fashion; the juxtaposition of elements creates unique pleasing patterns, blurring—but not hiding—the socio-political and ecological themes in her pieces.

Ms. Weir was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She earned her MFA in painting from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); her MA in painting from New Mexico State University; her BFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute; and her BA in art history from Wheaton College, Massachusetts.

Weir has won numerous awards for her work, including a 2016 Best of Show award at the Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center and a 2015 Best of Show award in the Human Rights Exhibition, South Texas College, McAllen, TX; a 2015 First Place award in the Armstrong Annual 2-D Competition, Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, GA; and a 2015 First Place award in the Crossover and Composites: Hybrid Forms, Techniques and Media, The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, NC. In addition, she has had many solo exhibitions, notably at Ivan Karp’s OK Harris Gallery in New York and the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.   She has completed installation pieces at Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (ATHICA), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans LA), Central Features Gallery (Albuquerque NM), Lexington Art League (Lexington KY), the Elaine Jacob Gallery (Detroit, MI) and the Las Cruces Museum of Art (Las Cruces, NM).