Opening reception: Friday July 14, 5:30-7:30pm as part of River North Art District Midsummer Art Walk
Jean Albano Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of photographs and mixed media by David Weinberg, an artist and River North gallerist committed to social justice issues. Having spent 35 years in his family’s business, Weinberg launched his career as a photographer in 2006, opening the gallery David Weinberg Photography that same year.
From formal abstraction to narrative portraiture, Weinberg strikes an array of emotional notes in his work, aiming to inspire viewers to see the world in a more thoughtful way. On view are photographs from his series Lure of Sirens (2013), Spent (2012), and What’s Real (2017). While Lure of Sirens is non-linear, abstract, and visually arresting, Spent is a series of portraits of tangible exhaustion, capturing the tipping point of the daily grind. What’s Real is Weinberg’s latest work, made in response to a new governmental reality that relies on “alternative facts.” In the shining façade of a skyscraper—the symbol of commercial success—Weinberg distorts the world around us, turning it upside-down in disorienting and reflective collages.
Weinberg’s gallery is part and parcel of his commitment to community-oriented work, with exhibitions designed in collaboration with nonprofit organizations such as Red Line Service, Openlands, Center on Halsted, and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, among others. Revenues from art sales are split evenly between the participating artists and partner organizations. David Weinberg’s photographs have been exhibited at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Art Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art, and the Field Museum. He has recently had solo exhibitions at The Fountain Gallery at Purdue University, The William & Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.
Image: David Weinberg, What’s Real No. 08, 2017, collaged archival pigment prints, 23” x 34”