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Ryan LaBar

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Porcelain And Stoneware Made In Ubud, Bali
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Porcelain With Bali Black Sand Made In Ubud, Bali
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Porcelain And Stoneware
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Porcelain And Stoneware, Made In China 35 Inches Or So
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A New Perspective In the Hunt for Clues, 11/11 Porcelain
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Fatalism and the American Dream, 11/23/11 Porcelain
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Porcelain
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Varieties Of Uncertainty, 10/11 Porcelain 22x35x17
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Porcelain
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The Subconscious Shelf, 11/10/11 Porcelain
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A Radical Kind of Reactor, 3/25/11 Porcelain And Stoneware 24x32x20 © Ryan LaBar
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In Chaos, A Moment's Repose, 4/25/11 Porcelain And Stoneware 22x29x20" © Ryan LaBar
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Unsafe At Any Dose, 4/30/11 Porcelain 24x27x18" © Ryan LaBar
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Obscura Cool, 5/2/11 Porcelain 24x24x7" © Ryan LaBar
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Figuring The Odds, 5/2/11 Porcelain 24x24x6" © Ryan LaBar
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Great Falls Montana
Birth year
1975
Lives in
Jingdezhen China
Works in
Jingdezhen China
Schools
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010, MFA
Representing galleries
Pekin Fine Art
Tags
gallery installation modern photography, research mixed-media performance painting drawing, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

As manufacturer and creator, I fabricate parts: I wheel-throw clay to make columns, tubes, bands, rings, and capsules. I extrude clay to make rods, pillars, and beams, and I compress clay to make floors and walls. As architect and engineer I assemble the parts into structural systems and then I place the precarious constructs in a kiln. Acting as geologic time compressed, the kiln conducts the melt and movement of clay and glaze, composing the final system.

The clay parts subjected to heat deform as the material softens. Gravity and tension exert themselves, causing the system to undergo a domino effect best described as a cascading failure. This term is used to describe failed systems where the failure of one part triggers the failure of successive parts. As the heat progresses, the movement quiets, and the system of parts become a rested whole.

The final piece captures the motion and tension of the integrated clay parts. The elements of the system appear suspended in space or compressed by the weight of another. Cool blue celadon bands twist around soft white porcelain rings as brown stoneware rods, once rigid, bend and weave their way throughout.

These systems are studies in causality. I view the system before and after the firing and develop a set of deterministic means that affected the final system. Each piece’s effects inform the next piece's cause. Currently I am working with internal and external support devices that direct and aid the system’s integration within the kiln at high heat. With these support mechanisms I can begin to guide the resulting composition with greater clarity. I can begin to incorporate quite zones of empty spaces and visual paths that unite the overall form.

The integrated forms are complex mixtures, busy and balanced at times. Others seem piled and chaotic. These systems are metaphors for our times, our bodies, and our philosophies. Time ages all things. It softens hard edges and moves material to alternative states of rest. Not only does time test form, it tests ideas. Some become foundations for future breakthroughs as others fall into oblivion. My process is the concept. My ideas are subject to the same cascading failure as are my forms.

CV

Education

• 2010:  Master of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska

• 2005:  Post Baccalaureate studies at New York State College of Ceramics @ Alfred University, Alfred New York

• 1998:  Bachelor of Science in Biology, Art and Chemistry minors, Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington

 

Employment

• 2010-2014:  Program Director, LH Project, Joseph Oregon

 

Artist Resident

• 2017: (April-May) KwangJuYo, Icheon Korea

• 2015-16 (September-November, January-April) Jingdezhen International Studio, Jingdezhen China

• 2015 (January-March) Terra Cotta Artworks, San Simon, Pampanga, Philippines

• 2013 (October-November) Tolne Gjaestgivergaard, Tolne, Denmark 

           (April) Caldera, Sisters Oregon

• 2012 (September) Porcelana Inaczej, Walbrzych, Poland

            (January-March) Gaya Ceramic Art Center, Ubud, Bali

• 2011 (December) Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen, China

• 2010 (June-August), 2011 (January) University of Southern California Long Beach invited artist, Long Beach California

• 2009 (July-August) LH Project, Joseph Oregon

• 2006-2007 (September-August) LH Project, Joseph Oregon

• 2004  (May-December) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena Montana

 

 

Lecturer/Demonstration

• 2017 (March) Mi-Go @39th Guangzhou International Furniture Fair, Guangzhou China

• 2016 (Nov) China Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China

• 2016 (June) Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington

• 2015 (November) Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen China

• 2015 (March) Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana

• 2014 (May) PCC’s Art Beat, Rock Creek and Cascade campuses, Portland Oregon

• 2013 (February) Josephy Center for the Arts, Joseph Oregon

• 2012 (September) Porcelana Inaczej, Walbrzych Poland

           (January) Gaya Art Center, Ubud, Bali

• 2011 (October) Eastern Oregon University, La Grande Oregon

           (February) Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland Oregon

• 2010 (September) North Dakota State University, Fargo North Dakota; Valley City State University, Valley City North Dakota

                                University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska

            (July) University of Southern California Long Beach, Long Beach California

• 2006 (October) University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho

 

Instructor

• 2013 (October-December) Joseph Charter School, Intro to clay, Joseph Oregon

• 2012 (January-February) Gaya Art Center, Two 3 day workshops, Ubud, Bali

• 2011 (October) Eastern Oregon University, Wood kiln build, La Grande Oregon

• 2010 (January-June) University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ceramics 131, Lincoln Nebraska

• 2008-2009 Doane College, Intro to Ceramics, Lincoln Nebraska

• 2004 (September-December) Archie Bray Foundation, Community classes, Helena Montana

• 2002-2003 Paris Gibson Museum of Art, Community classes, Great Falls Montana

 

Shows

• 2017 (October-November) “Jingpiao” Jingdezhen China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen China

           (September-October) “Mind the Gap” Art Salon/ Banana Jam, Shenzhen China

           (September) “Shenzhen Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition” Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen China

           (July-August) Solo show:  “Collapse, Shift, Become” View Gallery, Jingdezhen China

           (July-September) “Preoccupations” Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing China

           (June-August) “Landscaping” Pekin Fine Arts, Hong Kong

           (March-April) “Tenuous Constructions,” PNCA in conjunction with NCECA Portland

           (March) Mi-Go @39th Guangzhou International Furniture Fair, Guangzhou China

• 2016 (Oct-Nov)  “Mode,” Liling Ceramics Valley Museum, Liling, China

           (May-June)  “Banana Jam,” Jing Zhi Art Gallery, Jingdezhen, China

• 2015  (June)  “State of Oregon Craft,” Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland Oregon

               “Rhythm, Repetition, Ritual,” Pottery Northwest, Seattle Washington

            (March)  “Suspended States,” Solo Show Manifesto Gallery, City of Makati, Manila, Philippines

            (February) "Constructed," Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande Oregon

• 2014 (October)  “Nurtured in Nature,” LH Project, Portland Oregon

            (September)  Solo show: “Folding,” Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane Washington

           (March)  “Flow: The 2014 NCECA Ceramic Arts Invitational,” Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Wisconsin

• 2013 (December)  “Northwest Ceramic Invitational,” Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane Washington

           (November-January) “Ceramic Top 40,” Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri

           (October) “Caldera’s the Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Artist in Residence Awardees 2011-2013,” Bend Oregon

            (September-October)  “East Meets West Residents,” Caldera, Portland Oregon

            (July-Aug)  “Introductions,” Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis Missouri

            (March)“Big Red Exhibition,” O’Kane Gallery, Houston Texas

            (January-May)  “NCECA Biennial,” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Texas

            (February-March)  “Porcelana Inaczej,” Galeria Szkla I Ceramiki, Wroclaw Poland

             (January-February)  “Terra Linear,” Archer Gallery, Vancouver Washington

• 2012 (Oct) “XXXVI Porcelana Inaczej,” Museum Walbrzych, Walbrzych Poland

            (August) “East Meets West,” Blackfish Gallery, Portland Oregon

            (June-August) Bilinear Art Consulting, Seattle Design Center, Seattle Washington

            (March) “LH Project:  A Decade of Distinction,” Seattle Design Center, Seattle Washington

             (February-April)  “Shooting Planes,” Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen China

             (March-May solo) Gaya Ceramic and Design, Ubud Bali

• 2011 (May-June) “12th Annual Clay Invitational,” Coeur d’Alene Idaho

           (June) “The Genuine Article,” Helena Montana

• 2010 (May solo) “Abstention and Opposition,” Eisentrager Howard Gallery, University, Lincoln Nebraska

• 2008 (May-June) “9th Annual Clay Invitational,” Coeur d’Alene ID

• 2007 (June, solo collaborative) “Whimsy Marries Function,” The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT

 

 

Gallery Representations:

• Pekin Fine Art, Beijing China and Hong Kong, http://pekinfinearts.com/en/

• Lab Artz, Jingdezhen China.

• Jingdezhen International Studio, Jingdezhen China.

• Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg Denmark, http://galeriewolfsen.dk/ 

• Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis MO, http://www.duanereedgallery.com/

 

Public Collections

• 2017:  Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen China

• 2016:  Liling Ceramic Valley Museum, Liling China

• 2015:  PCC Cascade, Portland OR

• 2013:  Washington State Arts Commission, Peninsula College, Port Angeles WA

• 2011:  Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach CA