Anke Weyer’s abstract works act like mirrors reflecting the physical act of painting, echoing the suggestion of the artist’s scale and body: expressive traces of her own actions, held by congregations of multifaceted color. Weyer’s latest work takes on the specific challenge of monumentally scaled canvases – best exemplified by the meandering, looping, heavy line dominating the surface of the canvas. The changing direction and extemporaneous reversals of moments immediately invoke the sense of Weyer’s gesticulating arm. The challenge of working larger while retaining the same sense of one’s own process, one’s earned confidence and one’s capability for spontaneity, brings forth an innovative energy in her work, specifically a deeper sense of motion and a generosity with paint. Weyer often works outside atop a platform in her backyard, presenting a new set of trials - and advantages - of working in the elements, from the weather’s ravages on the body and its effect on her materials, to the stimulus steered by changing light and the liberating ability to cast her paints freely about.
Anke Weyer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany (1974). Weyer attended the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (1995 – 2000) and undertook an exchange semester at the Cooper Union, New York. Anke Weyer has had recent solo shows at Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp (2017), CANADA, New York (2016), Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2016), Harper’s Books, East Hampton (2015) and Office Baroque, Brussels (2015). Group exhibitions include “The Last Waltz (For Leon)”, Tim Van Laere, Antwerp (2019), “A Show Yet to be Titled,” Lucie Fontaine, Milan (2017), “The Ties That Bind,” David Achenbach Projects, Wuppertal (2016), “Make Painting Great Again,” CANADA, New York (2016), and “Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction,” MOCA Jacksonville, Jacksonville (2016). Anke Weyer will be included in an upcoming group exhibition at Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen (2019). Weyer lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.