Show with art by Mike Weber opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Artist Mike Weber shows his artwork at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. until May 20.

Artist Mike Weber shows his artwork at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. until May 20.

ARTIST Mike Weber’s show “Identity” – his first solo exhibition at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. — opened on Thursday evening, April 22. It’s the D.C. artist’s latest series of work, featuring over 30 photo-based mixed media pieces. The exhibition will run through May 20. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, tel. 202-232-4788, www.longviewgallery.com

Alexa Meade, Swedish artist Anna U. Davis, Peter Davis and Richard Gould

Alexa Meade, Swedish artist Anna U. Davis (www.frocasians.com), Peter Davis and Richard Gould

In “Identity,” Mike Weber explores concepts of commemoration and heritage, including his own lineage, as he symbolically reinvents the life stories of his unknown and forgotten subjects. He reviews his vast compilation of source photographs, some of which dates back to the early 19th century, seeking out unusual facial expressions and trinkets that make him feel profoundly removed from the captured time period. Weber then selectively edits and reframes these vintage snapshots which derive from both his family and estate sales, into newly composed digital prints on canvas.

Richard J. Amons, Jeff Woodward and Mary Amons

Richard J. Amons, Jeff Woodward and Mary Amons

The process of converting an analog photograph into a digital copy unearths previously overlooked details, which he augments with layers of paint, unorthodox collage materials, and high-gloss resin.Ultimately, Weber’s artistic praxis ascribes a new narrative to his source materials and re-presents them as glossy, modern images.

Ahmad M. Hajj of Arnold & Porter and Karim Chrobog of 18th Street Films

Ahmad M. Hajj of Arnold & Porter and Karim Chrobog of 18th Street Films

Mike Weber was born in St. Louis, Mo., and studied visual communications and computer animation/multimedia at both Southwest Missouri State University and The Art Institute of Dallas. For more than a decade, Weber designed and art directed broadcast graphics and animation for numerous television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central. In 2001 the artist resigned from his position to start a new career as an artist. His artwork has been featured in New York Times Style Magazine.

Artist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord

Artist Tina Palmer (www.TinaPalmerArt.com) and Tony Cord

DJ Adrian Loving

DJ Adrian Loving

Jorge Contreras, Ana Silva and Donald Syriani

Jorge Contreras, Ana Silva and Donald Syriani

Christine DeSandis, Will Cave, and Evan and Pierre Rahall

Christine DeSandis, Will Cave and Evan and Pierre Rahal

Christina Waddler

Christine Waddler, and in the background the swingin’ jazz quartet Laissez Foure (www.laissezfoure.com) is performing.

DJ Adrian Loving in action.

DJ Adrian Loving in action

Melissa Burgos

Melissa Burgos

Eric Brewer

Eric Brewer

Theo Wilhite and a friend

Theo Wilhite and a friend

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