Marnie Weber

Variations on a Western Song

May 3 through July 13, 2007

Press Release

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Marnie Weber. The show will include her new 16 mm film, A Western Song, along with large-scale collage and sculpture. This most recent body of work further develops the narrative that runs through Weber's ongoing series The Spirit Girls, in which a group of girls who perform together in a band die tragically and then return as spirits to communicate their message of emancipation. In this new development, The Spirit Girls journey through a surreal western landscape populated by strange characters bearing fantastical costumes. The resulting images reveal a childlike world of wonders with subtle and perverse undertones. The Spirit Girls series was initially inspired in part by the American Spiritualist movement of the 1850s, which is credited with giving women their first public voice as "performers" in this country. 

While The Spirit Girls' narrative has built a parallel universe in the realm of the visual arts, Marnie Weber's band The Spirit Girls has simultaneously given several live performances over the past few years. Most recently, The Spirit Girls have released a new CD, titled Forever Free, which will also be available at the exhibition. 

About the Artist
Marnie Weber is a Los Angeles-based artist who has had recent solo exhibitions at Patrick Painter, Los Angeles; Praz-Delavallade, Paris; and Emily Tsingou, London. In 2005, her work was the subject of a survey exhibition at the Luckman Gallery, Cal State Los Angeles, for which a catalogue was published. This is Weber's fifth solo exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser.