For Immediate Release: Sept. 16, 2015
BLOOMSBURG — Artist Margi Weir’s one-person show featuring large-scale vinyl and acrylic graphic images is on display through Oct. 8 in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery. The subject matter for the exhibit, “Patterns of Behavior – 2015,” ranges from the socio-political and environmental to the spiritual. The gallery is open, free of charge, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.
Weir, an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Wayne State University in Detroit, will offer a presentation during the exhibit’s closing reception on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; her talk is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
“In my current practice using acrylic paint, adhesive-backed vinyl and resin, I group images of related things or repeated objects in stacked rows that suggest tapestries, rugs or Southwestern Pueblo pottery decoration,” said Weir. “This stacking of unranked layers of mirrored imagery is a visual metaphor for the way that bits of information are thrown at us daily, with only occasional in-depth coverage. I piece together these fragments of imagery relating to a topic that is important to me, such as ecology or politics, with the hope that the viewer can make his or her associations and create personal meaning.”
Working in vinyl has allowed Weir to increase the scale of her work. In 2006, she sent her first vinyl installation piece to the Athens (Ga.) Institute of Contemporary Art where it was installed on the wall, 14 feet high by 9 feet wide. Working in vinyl, she said, enables her to explore unusual placements and shifts in perception. She completed other installation pieces at the Lexington (Ky.) Art League and the Las Cruces (N.M.) Museum of Art.
Weir received awards in a juried exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center of Las Vegas, Southwest Biennial at the Albuquerque Museum, and New Directions in Fiber Exhibition at Denver’s Core New Art Space. She earned master’s degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles and New Mexico State University and bachelor’s degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute and Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.
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