Charlene Weisler's urban photography reflects the transience and impermanence of street art.
Concentrating on the evolving nature of layered graffiti, Weisler's art captures a timeline of competing efforts and messages. The result is a rich compendium of texture, color and form that juxtaposes energy with urban decay. It is a unique expression of environmental art which is made all the more beautiful by time and weather.
The transitory, impermanent nature of street art arguably stands as this generation's art movement. Steeped in tradition of portraiture, landscape, collage and abstract expressionism, urban montage street art is, in fact, more than the sum of its historical parts. It is one of the few art movements that shifts its tactile physicality on a minute by minute basis. Street art has a limited lifespan and, more frequently, shortly after creation, changes or is totally destroyed.
Weisler's haunting photographs maneuver between these worlds doing so in a way that makes the viewer see something totally new and self-contained. It is a brand new work created from the competition, chaos and erosion of the old.
Her educational background includes a fine art diploma from NYC's Music & Art High School, B.A. cum laude in Art from NYC's City College and MBA in the Arts from SUNY Binghamton. She also completed a year's study of Art Historiography and Criticism at the University of Essex, England.
Weisler is a New York City based photographer who has been chronicling street art since 2005. Her perspectives on the subject have been featured in a video at The Wooster Collective, in The Soho Journal Magazine, The New York Sun newspaper and Time Out New York. In addition to many group shows, she has had two solo shows at Bloomingdale's Soho. Her first international solo show was in Kyoto, Japan in 2008.
Grace Institute, NY - Permanent Collection
Vida Guidance Center, Bronx NY – Permanent Collection
Jeanne Frank – Art Dealer, New York City Private Collections in LA, Philadelphia, NY, Chicago, Athens
Museum of Modern Art Library
MTA Image Registry