Miami, FL, Artist/Designer
The worlds that artist/designer Michelle Weinberg intimates serve as powerful vignettes of constructed agility. Of a piece, they rally the senses and imply altered realities—vivid backdrops for human activity. For her, painting is the engine and the point of origin for all her projects. Natural extensions of her work in the painting studio are the design of art for architecture, interiors, and public spaces. Whether she is creating hand-knotted rugs made in India, cement and ceramic tiles manufactured in Mexico and Nicaragua, glass mosaic with various artisans or painted murals executed by her own hand, she plumbs the depth of creativity to surpass the superficial. Her imagery inhabits a Pretend Dimension in which elastic perspectives, personalized geometries, pastel and hothouse colors, and fictitious architectures elaborate stage-set like narratives. Case in point is her RGB Equinox, a mural she designed and executed for the Miami offices of Facebook.
These attributes have won Michelle an envious cache of awards, fellowships and residencies that include homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, the Millay Colony, the MacDowell Colony, an Artist Enhancement Grant and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Altos de Chavon. Her most recent exhibitions and projects include works shown in the Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, the Dorsch Gallery in Miami, the Nordisk kunst Plattform in Norway, the Lesley Heller Workspace and Kathryn Markel Fine Art in New York City, ArtCenter/South Florida, the Miami-Dade Public Library, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Meyers, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown and the MIA Airport Gallery. Among museums exhibitions are works shown in the Miami Art Museum, the Islip Art Museum in NY, the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC, and the Provincetown Art Museum.
Michelle’s art-in-public-places projects have been commissioned by the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, the City of Hollywood, and the City of Tampa. Her work has been published in HOME Miami, Elle Decoration, Design Bureau magazine, El Nuevo Herald, Miami New Times, Florida Inside/Out, and was featured in the Louis Vuitton 2014 Miami City Guide. The artist/designer received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale and an art educator/consultant to non-profits. We at Global Lighting are over the moon that she agreed to be one of our tastemakers, tapping Monica Forster’s Umbrella Pendant by Zero as her choice and writing about it so creatively (duh!).
Photo credit Stephan Göttlicher.