Last weekend I went to see Longview Gallery’s current exhibition, Mike Weber‘s “Homestead.” The show features around 20 of the former DC artist’s mixed media pieces exploring themes of spirituality and ancestry. Many of Weber’s past locales make their way into his art, either in the form of the DC flag or a dilapidated rural landscape.
Weber’s process is part of what makes the end product so compelling. Each painstaking step – from painting and drawing to pasting and tearing – is apparent in the rich layers and textures of the finished artwork. The mixture of subject matters and mediums gives each piece the hazy, ethereal feel of a dream or a memory, yet the final presentation is quite clean thanks to a thick resin top layer that brings everything together.
“He really has to babysit the piece until it’s done,” gallery director Drew Porterfield remarked about the tedium of drying the lacquer. Much like the abandoned homes it portrays, Weber’s art tells a story.
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From Cecile Oreste at danceDC
Mike Weber has been involved with the DC art scene for nearly a decade. In addition to being one of the founding members of Mid City Artists, he has exhibited his work at both Longview Gallery and gallery plan b. He also managed his own art consulting business for eight years, representing more than 40 artists worldwide. Weber lives and works in the Logan Circle area.
Prior to moving to DC, Weber lived in various cities including St. Louis, Dallas, New York City and Milan. Despite his plans to move to Venice Beach, California, next month, he acknowledges that he has gained a lot from living in DC: “I love the historical significance of DC. The presence of history is so in your face. I’m going to miss that.”
Background in 3D Animation
Weber comes from a background in visual communication and 3D animation. He designed and directed broadcast graphics for various films and television shows after receiving his degrees in Visual Communications and Computer Animation/Multimedia from Southwest Missouri State University and The Art Institute International of Dallas.