In the series Collage Formations the images are composed as I might assemble a cut and paste collage with attention to shape, color, space etc. The flat photographic surface unifies what are often disparate, sometimes illegible, arrangements of objects. The photographs are made in a straightforward way. I create distortion through lighting, perspective, and reflection rather than digital manipulation.

The photographs are of set ups I make in the studio. They can consist of anything but usually include objects that I make, along with mirrors, studio detritus and found things such as rocks. The set ups evolve over time through improvisation. The studio itself is one subject or theme of the images; here the studio is a site of eccentric invention and possibility. 

The intent hovers on the edge of representation and abstraction. There are legible objects in the images, and also disorientation and fragmentation that make both the images and the objects in them mysterious and hard to parse. Space bends or flattens out. Background and foreground exchange positions. Flat things look dimensional. Boundaries between things are unclear or mutable. There is fluidity. The way one thing contaminates another connects the series to my longstanding interest in the disquieting effect of disgust as an aesthetic, psychological, and social force.

Within many of the images there are visual disruptions that I think of as openings between one time/space and another (examples: a perforated piece of cardboard in front of the lens creates a screen to look through; a photographic fragment creates a break in the seemingly continuous surface of a 3D object; a mirror in the set up inserts a confounding plane from the space outside the frame). These images speak of interiority, though they are hardly separate from the so-called everyday world. I think of the photograph as an environment that includes the artist and lens and viewer and subject.

                            -Barbara Weissberger, 2016
                  


Collage formation, Night Light, 2014, archival digital photograph, 20" x 30"

Saucepan (collage formation), 2015, archival digital photograph

 

Coffee Pot From The Past (collage formation), 2015, archival digital photograph

 

Sculpture with Transparent Plastic Face, Dustpan (collage formation), 2015,
archival digital photograph, 7.5" x 5"

 

Light in Mirror (collage formation), 2015, archival digital photograph, 7.5" x 5"

 


Inverted Studio (collage formation), 2014, archival digital photograph, 30" x 20"

Silver Sail (collage formation), 2014, archival digital photograph, 48" x 32"

 

 


Double Pencil (collage formation), 2014, archival digital photograph, 16" x 24"

 

 


Hollywood Stars Show Off Their Favorite Pillows (collage formation), 2014,
archival digital photograph, 48" x 32"

 

 


Green Stripes (collage formation), 2014, archival digital photograph, 18" x 12"

 

Clay and Pencil Shavings (collage formations), 2013, digital pigment print, 32" x 48"

 

 

Tripod Legs (collage formation), 2013, archival digital photograph, 48" x 32"




White Paper (collage formation), 2012, archival digital photograph, 32" x 48"