Florence Weisz


Sensuous Stripes

Sensuous Stripes are abstract collages using details from my photographs of ladies wearing striped clothing. I print out sections of images on acid free photo paper to use as collage material. Some works also include vibrant sections of my abstract alcohol-ink papers. Most recently I have been manipulating my striped print-outs into 3 dimensional forms, interactive collages and installations that play with real and illusionistic space. I love the abstract power of the striped patterns when combined in myriad combinations. What fascinates me in stripes is how rigid patterns of parallel lines become organic, undulating and sensual when photographed on the human body.

Stones of Resonance: Jerusalem

Part of my Stones of Resonance series, these collages derive their imagery and inspiration from the Old City of Jerusalem. I began creating this work following a visit to Jerusalem and are based as well, on my memories of living in that city for eight years, four decades ago. I compose my abstract works using a grid structure, intuitively building square by square until a whole coherent composition is produced. I have combined segments of my alcohol ink infused papers with digital imagery of ancient Jerusalem stones and stone structures. I seek in both media the same richly subtle textures and colors. I balance spontaneity with predetermination, the organic with the rigid. Finally, I attempt to integrate all the diverse fragments into a harmonious whole….a metaphor for my hopes – perhaps illusory – for Jerusalem herself.

Presidential Manipulations

I began Presidential Manipulations in the 1980s during the Reagan Administration and have continued during the terms of six presidents, creating Reaganart, Bushart Sr, Clintonart, Bushart Jr, Obamart and now Trumpart. Producing this work allows me to comment – and protest as needed – the current political climate as well as serve as my personal art therapy.

Artist's Biography

Florence Weisz was born in New York and maintained an art studio in South Orange, northern New Jersey, for 35 years. After earning a degree in Fine Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University, she studied in Paris and then in Jerusalem, where she also lived for eight eventful years, teaching art in special education schools.

Over the years she has established a full time studio art practice and enjoyed many opportunities to exhibit her art throughout the Metro New York area and beyond. The birth of her irresistible granddaughter four and a half years ago in Ardmore, drew her toward Pennsylvania. Florence and her husband sold their NJ home and in January 2018 relocated to Wynnewood. She has joined the Mainline Art Center and the DaVinci Art Alliance. She was fortunate to be offered a solo show at the Gladwyne Library Gallery this past May and June, to fill in a sudden hole in the curator's schedule. In the last six months she has met quite a few local artists and looks forward to finding a place for herself in the art community of the Philadelphia area.

Florence has participated in exhibitions at galleries and museums, alternative spaces, including solo, group, juried and invitational shows in the US and abroad.

Her most recent solo exhibitions were "Presidential Manipulations Retrospective Four Decades, Six Presidents" - SOMA Studio Tour; "Sensuous Stripes" - Gallery 103, Maplewood, NJ; "Cautionary Tales: The Blurry Line Between Collecting and Hoarding" - Palmer Museum, Springfield, NJ, Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ and the Gladwyne Library Gallery, PA; "Stones of Resonance: Jerusalem, China and Tibet"- Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, NJ; "Color Grid Re-Visions II" - Compelling Images Fine Art Gallery, South Orange, NJ.

Florence has completed site-specific commissions for residential interiors and corporate and public spaces, including PSE&G, Schering Plough, Ciba-Geigy, Chubb Insurance, Whitehouse Station, NJ, Equity Office Properties, Stamford, CT, and the Municipality of Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Florence Weisz's art is in numerous private and public collections including The New Jersey State Museum, Citibank, IBM, Blue Cross and University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, Marriott Hotel, Princeton, NJ, California Institute of the Arts and The Port of Authority of NY and NJ. She is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award.

Artist's Statement

My primary medium is paper collage. I have explored many subjects over the years creating my own distinctive materials and searching for innovative ways to express each visual theme.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
Cautionary Tales: The Blurry Line Between Collecting and Hoarding, Gladwyne Library Gallery, Gladwyne, PA

2017
Presidential Manipulations Retrospective: Four Decades, Six Presidents, SOMA Studio Tour, South Orange, NJ

2016
Sensuous Stripes, Gallery 103, Maplewood, NJ

2015
Cautionary Tales: The Blurry Line, Palmer Museum, Springfield, NJ

Stones of Resonance: Jerusalem, China and Tibet, Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, NJ

Cautionary Tales: The Blurry Line, Wellspring Health Collective, Maplewood, NJ

2014
Color Grid Re-Visions II, Compelling Images Fine Art Gallery, SOJAX, South Orange, NJ

Cautionary Tales, Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood, NJ

2013
Stripes Are In, Salem Roadhouse Gallery, Union, NJ

2011
Color Grid Re-Visions, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ

2010
Stones of Resonance: Prague, Jerusalem and Berlin, Gallery on Grant, Axelrod Arts Center, Deal, NJ

2009
Presidential Manipulations, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Jerusalem Stones, Gallery Lev Shalem, Woodstock, New York

2008
Stone Series: Jerusalem and Berlin, Gaelen Gallery East, Cooperman JCC, West Orange, NJ

2007
Stone Series Selections, Mishmar HaEmek, Jezreel Valley and Hutzot HaYotzer, Jerusalem, Israel

1996
Permutations 2, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ

1995
Rainboworks and Beer-Sheva Mural Project, The Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ

1994
Paintings on Canvas and Paper and Wall Installations, DDC Fine Arts, Montclair, NJ

1993
Paintings/Permutations, Schering-Plough Executive Headquarters, Madison, NJ

1992
Presidential Manipulations, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

New Paintings Plus Interactive Collage, Courtney Gallery, Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ

1991
Squares of Earth and Saturn: New Paintings on Canvas, Edward Williams Gallery, Hackensack, NJ

Presidents: Xerographic Manipulations, Becton Hall Gallery, Hackensack, NJ and Fairleigh Dickinson University Galleries, Rutherford, NJ

1990
Masque Series-Recent Work, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

Masque Series, Maurice M. Pine Library Gallery, Fairlawn, NJ

1989
New Works on Canvas and Paper, Chubb Corporation Gallery, Warren, NJ

1988
Florence Weisz, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ

1987
Florence Weisz, John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood, NJ

1985
Florence Weisz, Renee Foosaner Art Gallery (Upper Level) Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

1984
Gridworks, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ

Organic Grid Series: New Work, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ

Reaganart-Interactive Installation and Reaganart Collages, Aljira Arts Gallery, Newark, NJ

1983
The Organic Grid, The Newark Museum, Mini Gallery, Newark, NJ

Group
2017
Members Show, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA

UNNATURAL ELECTION: Artists Respond to the US Presidential Election, Kimmel Galleries, New York University, New York, NY
Curator: Andrea Arroyo

2016
POL!T!CO: Art & the Humanities, SOPAC, Iris Gallery, South Orange, NJ

POL!T!CO: Money and Effect, Firehouse Gallery, Orange, NJ

POL!T!CO: (Do You) Know Your Place, Pierro Gallery, Baird Center, South Orange, NJ

Without Borders, Academy Square Galleries, Montclair, NJ
Curators: Virginia S Block & April Tracey

Things We Keep, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
Curator: Julia Thomson

In Motion - Movement in Art, Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ
Curator: Sarah Canfield

Back Story, SMI Galleries at Academy Square, Montclair, NJ

Like Jazz, A Visual Perspective, NJPAC, Newark, NJ
Curator: Gladys Grauer

2015
Black and White, Gaelen Gallery West, JCC West Orange, NJ

Healing Through Art, Orbit I, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Negatively Positive, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

Altered Images, SMI Virginia S. Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2014
Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Salubrious Justice, Orbit II, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Exhibitors’ Co-op at Farmstead Arts, Basking Ridge, NJ

Spacial Drama, BergenPAC, Englewood, NJ

State of the Art 2014, Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2013
Paper or Plastic?, Speakeasy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

Out of the Shadows into the Box, , 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ
Curator: Mansa Mussa

TEN: The Soul of SOMA, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ

Fashion as Muse, SMI Academy Square Galleries, Montclair, NJ

Valley Arts 3rd Anniversary Invitational, Hat City Kitchen, Orange, NJ

2012
Visual Voices, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

2011
Pieced Together, New Jersey Arts Incubator, West Orange, NJ

2010
Shards: Documenting Genocide, Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
Curator: Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera

The Cube and I, Gaelen Gallery, JCC, West Orange NJ

A Celebration of Heart, Lawrence Pavilion Gallery, Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Grand Opening Show, Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ

2009
ESSEX EXPOSED 6, Pierro Gallery Baird Center, South Orange, NJ
Juror: Patterson Sims

LILLIPUT: Tiny Art for Big People, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Artscapes: A Celebration of Summer, Lawrence Pavilion Gallery, Summit Medical Group, Berkley Heights, NJ

2008
In the News, The Pen and Brush, New York, NY
Curator: Morley Safer

BANG, Small Works Exhibition, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

Seven Visions: Mixed Media, McGraw Gallery, Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ

One, Two, Three from a Series, Montclair Library Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2007
Eye Tricks, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Curators: Jeanne Brasile & Jason Marquis

Snap to Grid, LA Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Cube and I, 1978 Maplewood Art Center, Maplewood, NJ
Curator: Barbara Minch

2006
ῐn′ter-ӑk’tῐv: Be Part of the Art, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Inspired by Science, Johnson & Johnson Research and Development, Raritan, NJ

BANG, Small Works Exhibition, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

2005
Artistic Fragments: Art 2005 Tri-State Show, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Juror: Benny Andrews

2004
Synopsis@10, Pierro Gallery, Baird Center, South Orange, NJ

2003
Pfizer Corporate Headquarters, New York, NY

SNAFU: Situations Needing Attention From Us, 8 person show, 1978 Maplewood Art Center, Maplewood, NJ

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Collections

Public and Corporate
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
AtlantiCare-Cancer Care Institute, Cape May, NJ
Blue Cross, Philadelphia, PA
Gibralter Securities, Florham Park, NJ
Schering Plough Corporation, Madison, NJ
South East Bank Corporation, Miami, FL
Stacor Corporation, Newark, NJ
PSE&G, Newark, NJ
World Trade Center, Port Authority of NY & NJ
I.B.M., Harrison, NY
Warner Lambert, Morris Plains, NJ
A.D.R., Princeton, NJ
Bell Communications Research, NJ
California Institute of the Arts, CA
Davis Enterprises, Marlton, NJ
Citibank, Miami, FL
Marriott Hotel, Princeton, NJ
Seabord Surety Corporation, Bedminster, NJ
Trecom, Edison, NJ US Ink, Carlstadt,NJ
City Federal Savings and Loan, NJ
New Jersey State Library, Ewing Township, NJ
University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
E.I.Du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, DE
Depfa Bank, New York, NY

Fellowships

2nd International Ceramics Biennial, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Visual Arts Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Site-Specific Commissions

Chubb Commercial Insurance, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Yad Le Banim, Municipality of Beer-Sheva, ISRAEL
Schering Plough Corporation, Liberty Corner, NJ
Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Lansdale, PA
PSE&G, Newark, NJ
Centocor, Incorporated, Malvern, PA
Teitelbaum & Hiller, P.C. NYC, NY
Ciba-Geigy, Florham Park, NJ
Equity Office Properties, 301 Tresser Blvd, Stamford, CT

Education

Douglass College‑Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BA, Fine Art

Academie Raspail, Paris, France

Beit Hakerem Teachers Seminary, Jerusalem, Israel