Collage formations is the term I have coined to describe my photographs of impermanent arrangements created in the studio. The arrangements, like collages-in-space, combine things made and found with mirrors and humble details of the physical space (such as electrical outlets and stray marks on the walls and floors). My work is driven by process. The collage formation photographs evolve through improvisation and responsiveness to material and form as I arrange the elements - the photographs are the finished works. I make several of the components that are part of the set-ups including: small sculptures of cast plaster, carved foam or cardboard; collage fragments; and drawing on the wall or on paper. Collage formations represent what happens in the studio - work marked by invention, play, and uncertainty.
Barbara Weissberger’s work has been shown at such venues as the Drawing Center, PS1/MoMA, DUMBO Art Center, and White Columns in New York; GRIDSPACE Brooklyn; Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York; in Pittsburgh at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Artist Image Resource; Artspace New Haven in New Haven, Connecticut; the Holter Museum (solo, catalogue) in Helena, Montana and ADA Gallery and the Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. She is a participant in the inaugural Open Sessions at The Drawing Center (New York, 2014 – 2016). Grants and fellowships include a Guggenheim Fellowship, residencies at The Camargo Foundation (France), the Hambidge Center (NEA DIstinguished Fellow 2013), Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Germany), the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, VCCA, and the Montana Artists Refuge. She divides her time between Pittsburgh and New York.