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Ryan Taber

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Fort Knox, KT

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA

University of Hartford, 2000, BFA
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), 2004, MFA
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)









Ryan Taber, a Los Angeles-based artist, has produced drawings, sculpture, installation, mixed-media, and photographic works that explore ideas and practices from a wide range of interests, including romantic nationalism, 19th-Century American Romanticist landscape painting, hobbyist languages, earth sciences and rock climbing.


Photo images:


2nd Street crack (image 1 & 2):  Blue green algae and particulate deposits on crack; problem with chalked pockets. 


Boulder 1 (image 3 & 4):  Acarospora schleicheri and small foot with tic mark on slab, problem with crimps, left of the arete on unidentified pink and grey granite boulder.   


Boulder 2 (image 5 & 6):  Acarpspora schleicheri and chalked flake above Go Granny Go (V5), over humg problem with edges and patina side pulls on Grandma Peabody Boulder.


Bierstadt (image 7):  Reminiscent of Albert Bierstadt's :The Tocky Mountains: Lander's Peak," 1863, with splitscreen microbus, 1963, Trans(Formation #1)


Untitled (images 8 & 9):  Charpentier's Music Stand, 1901, with Haeckel's DiscoMeduse, 1094, and D'Annunzio's SVA 9, 1918. 





2004 MFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2001 PB San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2000 BFA University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT


Project Series 29: Machine Project Guide to the Natural Sciences and Cultural History, collaboration with Cheyenne Weaver, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

A Rhetoric of Ills: The Oekologie of Ornament in the Causatum of Stillness, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (with Sean Alward)
In Search of a Myopics Leitmotif, collaboration with Cheyenne Weaver,
Machine Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Transient Concretions, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Witch From Whose Head The Ropes Hang Like Hair, Mint Gallery, Cal-Arts, Valencia, CA


The Post-Hobbyist Depravation, Mint Gallery, Cal-Arts, Valencia, CA


Terra Nullius, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


NADA Art Fair, Mark Moore Gallery, Miami, FL
SUPERSONIC, collaboration with Patrick Marcoux, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Field Trip, Swell Gallery S.F.A.I, San Francisco, CA
Historecital, Santa Clarita Historical Society, Santa Clarita, CA


Lodged In, The Big Oaks Lodge, Los Angeles State Park, Canyon Country, CA
Immergence, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA


The Farallon Occupation, in collaboration with Cheyenne Weaver, Detour Project Space,
San Francisco, CA
S.F.A.I Group Exhibition, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
15 Untitled Works In Deer Feed, Marfa, TX


A Night To Remember, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lights Out, The Roxy Theater, San Francisco, CA
The Way, Slipe Gallery, University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

-Miles, Christopher. "Ryan Taber," ArtForum, November 2006, p. 307
-Allen, Ken D. “From Machine to Museum Project: An Interview with Mark Allen, Founder of Machine Project,” X-TRA, Fall 2006, Volume 9 No. 1, pp. 4-13, illus. p. 7.
-Mendelsohn, Meredith. The New Romantics, ARTnews, February 2006.
-Pagel, David. ‘Beetles in the Midst of Oddly Fab Forum,’ The Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2005.
-Schmidt, J. ’The Lone and Level Sands’ ZYZZYA XX.3, November, 2004 (images)
-Deegan, Patrick W. ’Super-California,’, August 18, 2004.
-Pagel, David. ’Time and Space in Compression,’ The Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2004, p. E27.

Recent Exhibits

Ryan Taber participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Spectacular Subdivision
High Desert Test Sites
May, 2012 Biennial Art Auction 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-La Jolla
Feb, 2012 Laguna Art Museum Benefit Auction
Laguna Art Museum
Jun, 2011 Start the Ball Rolling Again
Summercamp's Project Project
Mar, 2010 Sunrise Series 1: Looking out fearfully upon the confined deep
Torrance Art Museum
Jan, 2009 Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion
Grey Art Gallery
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