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Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood

May 13 – June 26, 2021 *

Exhibition extended through June 26th

 


Harper's Apartment
51 East 74th Street, Apt. 2X
New York, NY 10021

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Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood

Harper’s is pleased to present Morning Wood, a solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Austyn Weiner at Harper’s Apartment in New York City. The multimedia presentation includes paintings and works on paper created throughout the last year, as well as a video installation compiled from Weiner’s virtual quarantine diary (recorded on Instagram stories). The gallery is open to the public from 12 to 6pm, Thursday through Saturday.

Morning Wood is a retrospective of 2020 as told by the narrative of Weiner’s visual art and performance. While known for her abstract paintings marked by their exuberant line work, vibrant palette, and gesture, Weiner took to social media and began a daily morning broadcast as a result of isolation in quarantine throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The performance began as a response to solitude and eventually became a ritual to the self, and a time capsule of self-identification. 

Weiner’s reverence for the early morning amplified the absence of touch and intimacy. Though she was able to create a connection with people through the diaristic performance of her daily broadcast, “Morning Wood,” the isolation forced a constant confrontation with her role as an artist and a woman. While grappling with overcoming an addiction during this time, Weiner experienced solitude as a creative space for a romance with herself—a profound experience that reinvigorated an intimate sense of privacy within her work. 

When the mandatory quarantine orders broke her trajectory of painting that was growing larger in scale, Weiner began creating drawings and writings within the confines of a wooden table in her kitchen. There, she began to compose letters to herself, employing the mail carrier as a medium to connect with her future and past selves, capturing points in time that amalgamate the complexity of the beast she becomes when alone with her work. Her drawings serve as homes for this volatility and aggressiveness that lives within her body, caged by a society that feigns acceptance and rejects true expression from women. While the imprint of Weiner’s complete identity lives in her work, the dissociation between public and private female identities continues to present quandaries to her corporeal existence. Ironically, Weiner’s icons such as Willem De Kooning and Jean Dubuffet experienced no such restrictions, causing her to wonder: “Who would I be if that beast inside didn’t have a place to live outside of me?” 

Emerging from the turbulence of 2020, Weiner’s paintings have become more abstract, yet refined. Some expand from a blueprint on paper, while others are an organic response to the unbridled parts of identity that were unearthed in quarantine when Weiner would spring up in the morning and work at her wooden table. Presented together for the first time at Harper’s Apartment—an ode to the domestic environment they were created in—these new drawings, paintings, and video installation are both a reflection of our collective year in isolation and a preview of a new direction that Weiner projects for the days to come.

Welcome to Morning Wood, with our special guest, Austyn Weiner. 

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Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
Austyn Weiner: Morning Wood - installation view
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Austyn Weiner
Combustible
2021
Oil, oil stick, and charcoal on canvas
58 x 72 in

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Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things (Landscape No. 1)
2021
Oil, oil stick, and crayon on canvas
72 x 120 in

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Austyn Weiner
At The Risk Of Being Dramatic
2021
Oil and oil stick on canvas
58 x 72 in

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Austyn Weiner
The Shrine / An Argument
2021
Oil, oil stick, and charcoal on canvas
72 x 58 in

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Austyn Weiner
Me Hungry Me Eat the Flooowers
2021
Charcoal and oil on linen
24 x 18 in

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Austyn Weiner
A Willingness to Pry
2021
Charcoal and oil on canvas
24 x 18 in

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Austyn Weiner
I Pray to You, My Fat Ass Thighs
2021
Wax crayon, charcoal, and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
The Fucks
2021
Charcoal, crayon, and oil on paper
30 x 22 in
Framed: 33 x 25 in

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Austyn Weiner
Avenue de la liberté 1 - 4
2020
Acrylic, oil, and charcoal on paper
Tetraptych; each work on paper 9 x 12 in
Framed: 23.25 x 29.25 in

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Austyn Weiner
Too Good to Be Blue
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
22 x 30 in
Framed: 25 x 33 in

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Austyn Weiner
Head Study 1
2020
Wax crayon, charcoal, and acrylic on paper
20 x 16 in
Framed: 23 x 19 in

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Austyn Weiner
I’m Opting Out
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things
2021
Acrylic and pastel crayon on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things 3
2021
Acrylic on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things 2
2021
Acrylic on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
The Cuckoo’s Nest (Part 1)
2021
Wax crayon, and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
Honey Almond Butter, Darling
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
Never Went to Temple Again
2021
Wax crayon, charcoal, and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
Slurp City
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
Facemelt
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
14 x 17 in
Framed: 17 x 20 in

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Austyn Weiner
The Cat’s Got My Tongue
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Just a Thought
2021
Charcoal and oil on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
Full Mouth Full Heart Can’t Lose
2021
Pastel and acrylic on paper
12 x 12 in
Framed: 14.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Pissing Match (Study 1)
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

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Austyn Weiner
All Heroes Wear Capes
2020
Oil, charcoal, and pencil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
A Muzzle That’s a Puzzle
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
12 x 9 in
Framed: 14.5 x 11.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
I Hoped, You Prayed
2020
Pastel and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Un Fetishe
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Big Mouth
2020
Pastel, acrylic, and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
If That Dick Could Talk
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Not of Interest
2020
Marker on Frank Lloyd Wright stationery
4 x 8 in
Framed: 7.5 x 11.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
From Me to Me
2020
Acrylic and marker on paper
Enneaptych; each work on paper 4 x 5.75 in
Framed: 7.25 x 9.25 in

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Austyn Weiner
The Great Climb to Nowhere
2020
Marker on Frank Lloyd Wright stationery
8 x 4 in
Framed: 11.5 x 7.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
6:32 11/3
2020
Pastel and acrylic on paper
8 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
5:38 11/3
2020
Pastel and acrylic on paper
8 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Don’t Touch
2020
Pastel and oil on paper
8 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
I Got Fat
2020
Marker on paper
Recto-verso; 4 x 5.75 in
Framed: 7.25 x 9 in

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Austyn Weiner
Till I Cried / Till I Died
2021
Pastel and acrylic on paper
Diptych; each work on paper 12 x 12 in
Framed: 29 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Close to You
2020
Oil and marker on paper
Recto-verso; 4 x 5.75 in
Framed: 7.25 x 9 in

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Austyn Weiner, Reasons to Remember You, 2020

Austyn Weiner
Reasons to Remember You
2020
Charcoal on paper
20 x 16 in
Framed: 23 x 19 in

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Austyn Weiner January 26th, 2020 2020

Austyn Weiner
January 26th, 2020
2020
Charcoal on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

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Austyn Weiner Nancy 2021

Austyn Weiner
Nancy
2021
Pastel and acrylic on paper
20 x 16 in
Framed: 23 x 19 in

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Austyn Weiner
Better Than You
2021
Pastel on stationery
5.5 x 4.25 in
Framed: 9 x 7.75 in

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Austyn Weiner
SS2
2021
Marker on lined paper
8.5 x 11 in
Framed: 10.5 x 13 in

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Austyn Weiner
Estate Sale
2020
Marker on paper
5.5 x 4.25 in
Framed: 9 x 7.75 in

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Austyn Weiner
God
2021
Marker on lined paper
11 x 8.5 in
Framed: 13 x 10.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Young-Ish
2021
Pastel on AW stationery
5.5 x 4.25 in
Framed: 9 x 7.75 in

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Austyn Weiner
Fever Dog
2021
Marker on lined paper
11 x 8.5 in
Framed: 13 x 10.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Super Spreader
2021
Marker on lined paper
11 x 8.5 in
Framed: 13 x 10.5 in

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Austyn Weiner
Only Six
2020
Marker on paper
8 x 6 in
Framed: 11 x 9 in

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Austyn Weiner, Morning Wood, 2021

Austyn Weiner
Morning Wood
2021
Digital video, sound, HD flat panel TV in artist’s frame
30.5 x 18.5 in; TRT 00:37:19
Edition of 3

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Austyn Weiner
Combustible
2021
Oil, oil stick, and charcoal on canvas
58 x 72 in

Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things (Landscape No. 1)
2021
Oil, oil stick, and crayon on canvas
72 x 120 in

Austyn Weiner
At The Risk Of Being Dramatic
2021
Oil and oil stick on canvas
58 x 72 in

Austyn Weiner
The Shrine / An Argument
2021
Oil, oil stick, and charcoal on canvas
72 x 58 in

Austyn Weiner
Me Hungry Me Eat the Flooowers
2021
Charcoal and oil on linen
24 x 18 in

Austyn Weiner
A Willingness to Pry
2021
Charcoal and oil on canvas
24 x 18 in

Austyn Weiner
I Pray to You, My Fat Ass Thighs
2021
Wax crayon, charcoal, and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
The Fucks
2021
Charcoal, crayon, and oil on paper
30 x 22 in
Framed: 33 x 25 in

Austyn Weiner
Avenue de la liberté 1 - 4
2020
Acrylic, oil, and charcoal on paper
Tetraptych; each work on paper 9 x 12 in
Framed: 23.25 x 29.25 in

Austyn Weiner
Too Good to Be Blue
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
22 x 30 in
Framed: 25 x 33 in

Austyn Weiner
Head Study 1
2020
Wax crayon, charcoal, and acrylic on paper
20 x 16 in
Framed: 23 x 19 in

Austyn Weiner
I’m Opting Out
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things
2021
Acrylic and pastel crayon on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things 3
2021
Acrylic on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
You Changed Things 2
2021
Acrylic on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
The Cuckoo’s Nest (Part 1)
2021
Wax crayon, and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
Honey Almond Butter, Darling
2020
Charcoal and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
Never Went to Temple Again
2021
Wax crayon, charcoal, and acrylic on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
Slurp City
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
Facemelt
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
14 x 17 in
Framed: 17 x 20 in

Austyn Weiner
The Cat’s Got My Tongue
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Just a Thought
2021
Charcoal and oil on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
Full Mouth Full Heart Can’t Lose
2021
Pastel and acrylic on paper
12 x 12 in
Framed: 14.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Pissing Match (Study 1)
2021
Oil and pastel on paper
16 x 20 in
Framed: 19 x 23 in

Austyn Weiner
All Heroes Wear Capes
2020
Oil, charcoal, and pencil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
A Muzzle That’s a Puzzle
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
12 x 9 in
Framed: 14.5 x 11.5 in

Austyn Weiner
I Hoped, You Prayed
2020
Pastel and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Un Fetishe
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Big Mouth
2020
Pastel, acrylic, and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
If That Dick Could Talk
2020
Charcoal and oil on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Not of Interest
2020
Marker on Frank Lloyd Wright stationery
4 x 8 in
Framed: 7.5 x 11.5 in

Austyn Weiner
From Me to Me
2020
Acrylic and marker on paper
Enneaptych; each work on paper 4 x 5.75 in
Framed: 7.25 x 9.25 in

Austyn Weiner
The Great Climb to Nowhere
2020
Marker on Frank Lloyd Wright stationery
8 x 4 in
Framed: 11.5 x 7.5 in

Austyn Weiner
6:32 11/3
2020
Pastel and acrylic on paper
8 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
5:38 11/3
2020
Pastel and acrylic on paper
8 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Don’t Touch
2020
Pastel and oil on paper
8 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
I Got Fat
2020
Marker on paper
Recto-verso; 4 x 5.75 in
Framed: 7.25 x 9 in

Austyn Weiner
Till I Cried / Till I Died
2021
Pastel and acrylic on paper
Diptych; each work on paper 12 x 12 in
Framed: 29 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Close to You
2020
Oil and marker on paper
Recto-verso; 4 x 5.75 in
Framed: 7.25 x 9 in

Austyn Weiner, Reasons to Remember You, 2020

Austyn Weiner
Reasons to Remember You
2020
Charcoal on paper
20 x 16 in
Framed: 23 x 19 in

Austyn Weiner January 26th, 2020 2020

Austyn Weiner
January 26th, 2020
2020
Charcoal on paper
9 x 12 in
Framed: 11.5 x 14.5 in

Austyn Weiner Nancy 2021

Austyn Weiner
Nancy
2021
Pastel and acrylic on paper
20 x 16 in
Framed: 23 x 19 in

Austyn Weiner
Better Than You
2021
Pastel on stationery
5.5 x 4.25 in
Framed: 9 x 7.75 in

Austyn Weiner
SS2
2021
Marker on lined paper
8.5 x 11 in
Framed: 10.5 x 13 in

Austyn Weiner
Estate Sale
2020
Marker on paper
5.5 x 4.25 in
Framed: 9 x 7.75 in

Austyn Weiner
God
2021
Marker on lined paper
11 x 8.5 in
Framed: 13 x 10.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Young-Ish
2021
Pastel on AW stationery
5.5 x 4.25 in
Framed: 9 x 7.75 in

Austyn Weiner
Fever Dog
2021
Marker on lined paper
11 x 8.5 in
Framed: 13 x 10.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Super Spreader
2021
Marker on lined paper
11 x 8.5 in
Framed: 13 x 10.5 in

Austyn Weiner
Only Six
2020
Marker on paper
8 x 6 in
Framed: 11 x 9 in

Austyn Weiner, Morning Wood, 2021

Austyn Weiner
Morning Wood
2021
Digital video, sound, HD flat panel TV in artist’s frame
30.5 x 18.5 in; TRT 00:37:19
Edition of 3

Press

10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: May 20, 2021

by Kaylie Felsberg and Beatrice Sapsford for Artsy

 

"This oil painting by the multimedia artist Austyn Weiner was sold by Harper’s, where it is part of the show Morning Wood. A reflection on 2020, the exhibition features explosive paintings and works on paper Weiner completed in the confines of her kitchen last year. The show also includes her 'daily morning broadcast,' a compilation of videos from the artist’s virtual quarantine diaries that she originally posted on Instagram stories; it now serves as a visual time capsule."


 

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Bio

Austyn Weiner (b. 1989, Miami, FL) studied photography at the University of Michigan and Parsons School of Design prior to relocating to Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. Select solo and group exhibitions include Harper’s Apartment, New York (2021); König Galerie, Berlin (2021); Fredericks & Freiser, New York (2021); Carl Kostyál, London (2020); Library Street Collective, Detroit (2020); Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); The Pit, Glendale, CA (2020); Rental Gallery, East Hampton (2020); Journal Gallery, New York (2019); and Bill Brady Gallery, Miami (2018). Weiner's work was recently acquired by the He Art Museum (HEM), Guandong Province, China. Her work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, Artnet, and Vogue, among others.