Ann Weber: Love and Other Audacities
May 22, 2011 — September 11, 2011
San Francisco-based artist Ann Weber’s massive sculptures represent the essential and complex processes of love and human relationships. Creating sensuous and playful forms out of strips of discarded cardboard, her anthropomorphic forms convey the larger-than-life feeling that love —and its many aftermaths— can ignite in people. From weddings to break-ups, Weber explores the many types of love that exist and the audacity it sometimes takes to decide when to keep going and when to step away.
Weber’s personal journey began with an early career as a potter. Seeking to explore clay as an art form, she traveled to the West Coast to study with Viola Frey at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts). After completing her MFA in ceramics, Weber found the process of clay cumbersome and expensive, which signaled her decision to begin experimenting with cardboard. Now armed with a stapler, a box cutter, and shellac, Weber constructs towering artworks out of cardboard that she often fishes out of dumpsters. As her sculptures continue to grow in size, Weber derives ideas from nature, architecture, and the balancing acts that define our lives to guide her construction of self-supporting, non-symmetrical forms that often defy gravity.