Still Life, 2022
Oil on canvas
Diptych; each: 72 in. x 72 in. / 182.88 cm. x 182.88 cm.
Austyn Weiner (b. 1989, Miami, FL) studied photography at the University of Michigan and Parsons School of Design prior to relocating to Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. Ranging from charcoal, house paint, oil paint, and oil stick, Weiner’s diverse mark-making suggests a disposition of combative struggle and distressed victory. From small works on paper to large-scale canvases, her works touch upon the duality of forces that are influential and abject to the subjective mind: romance, rejection, isolation, and performance. Emerging from the fluidity of her visual language, Weiner’s paintings are a reflection of the balance she strikes between introspection and her study of historical and contemporary cultural influences. In an extension from her diaristic habit of constant doodling, writing, photographing, and drawing, Weiner’s body becomes the brush, as her rigorous process steadily fortifies a direct channel from emotion to action. Standing out from the hyperreal figurative milieu of her generation, Weiner’s abstractions offer a perspective that is indicative of the times, imbued with visceral reactions to current events and the female experience.
Select solo and group exhibitions include Harper’s Apartment, New York (2021); König Galerie, Berlin (2021); Fredericks & Freiser, New York (2021); Carl Kostyál, London (2020); Library Street Collective, Detroit (2020); Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); The Pit, Glendale, California (2020); Rental Gallery, East Hampton, New York (2020); Journal Gallery, New York (2019); and Bill Brady Gallery, Miami (2018). Weiner’s work was recently acquired by the He Art Museum (HEM) in Guangdong Province, China. Her work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, Artnet, and Vogue.
Courtesy of the artist (@austyn)