“I will be curating 25-35 pieces of sculpture from the last 28 years to install in the gallery at MCC,” says Weiss. “They will include pictorials and objects made from found, painted things I've collected from the larger culture. The pictures study gestalt unit-forming factors and the transformation of the architectural object. The objects interrogate contemporary art's status as object and reverberate from American traditions in assemblage. The assembled paintings elevate vernacular uses of paint in response to the 'divine' gesture of American Abstract Expressionism.”
Weiss is an educator and chair of the visual studies department at Johnston High School, and an adjunct art instructor at Des Moines Area Community College. He has operated a private art studio in Des Moines since 1986. A native of Mason City, he currently enjoys the balance between his work as an instructor at the secondary and college levels, and as a studio artist exploring the building of forms.
“Mr. Weiss is a most insightful individual and artist,” explains Tim Castle, MCC art professor. “His work that was displayed at the Des Moines Art Center in the summer of 2010 was an eye opener for me. It revealed a curious and inventive mind, but also playful, and I think his exhibit here in Marshalltown will intrigue our students and campus visitors.”
“Teachers and curators call me a sculptor,” Weiss explains. “I do not have a preferred media … the idea and direction of study in my making determine how a form or canon (sculpture, drawing, painting) functions best for that content. I do, however, seem to have a great interest in looking at and holding painted wood. The idea must find the material and format to become married toward an accurate expression.”
Weiss says his first visit to an art museum in 8th grade changed a great deal for him. “I felt I had walked into my life … that my interior knowings had a place to be in the world,” said Weiss. “I do not think there is such a thing as ‘talent’ in pursuit of artistry. You either work or you don’t. It’s about building a life and not about living something or exhibiting something that you were born with. Many of the great artistic lives were considered to be without talent. It was only in the aftermath that they were realized as brave, disciplined constructions.”
Daniel Weiss is pictured in front of and holding one of his sculptures. His exhibit, Objects and Assemblages,” will be in the MCC Ray Frederick Gallery beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5; the public is invited to view the exhibit.