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Ryan LaBar

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Porcelain and Stoneware Made in Ubud, Bali
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Porcelain and Stoneware Made in Ubud, Bali
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Porcelain and Stoneware Made in Ubud, Bali
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Porcelain Wall Piece
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Porcelain and Stoneware Made in Ubud, Bali
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Porcelain Wall Piece Made in Ubud, Bali
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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 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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Porcelain
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The Subconscious Shelf, 11/10/11 Porcelain
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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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Prognosticate That!, 5/2/11 Porcelain and Stoneware 21x19x9" © Ryan LaBar
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The Psychology of Risky Behavior, 4/27/11 Porcelain and Stoneware 24x24x8" © Ryan LaBar
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Why is Enough Never Enough, 4/27/11 Porcelain and Stoneware 21x19x11" © Ryan LaBar
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Darkness on the Edge of the Universe, 1/16/11 Stoneware 39x48x38"
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Darkness on the Edge of the Universe, 1/16/11 Stoneware 39x48x38" © Ryan LaBar
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What's Missing From Our 'Cognitive Toolkit'?, 1/17/11 Stoneware and Porcelain 28x27x26"
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Going Under the Radar, and Into the Unknown, 1/12/11 Porcelain and Stoneware 27x26x24" © Ryan LaBar
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Procrustean Criterion, 1/18/11 Stoneware and Porcelain 28x24x24" © Ryan LaBar
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Coaxing One Opponent Into Squeezing the Other, 1/21/11 Porcelain and Stoneware 28x25x22" © Ryan LaBar
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If Your Life Were a Movie, 1/21/11 Porcelain and Stoneware 25x25x8" © Ryan LaBar
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Porcelain © Ryan LaBar
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Really Unusually Uncertain, 8/17/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 20x27x19"
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Anything Can Happen, and Usually Does, 8/17/2010 Porcelain 15x17x8" © Ryan LaBar
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Giving Voice to the Once-Silent, 8/12/2010 Porcelain 15x18x7" © Ryan LaBar
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From Obscure Task To a Public Curiosity, 8/14/2010 Porcelain 16x15x6" © Ryan LaBar
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The Edge, the Center and the Kitchen Sink, 8/13/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 21x26/13" © Ryan LaBar
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Worlds of Movement Collide in One Space, 6/18/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 22x29x18" © Ryan LaBar
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Just Don’t Let a Panda Borrow Your Bicycle, 8/12/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 21x27x27" © Ryan LaBar
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The Waters Are More Still, but Just as Dark, 8/14/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 22x29x18" © Ryan LaBar
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Inside the Times, 8/5/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 19x19x10" © Ryan LaBar
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Time and Inner Space, July 30, 2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 19x25x16" © Ryan LaBar
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Reality Showdown, 7/17/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 19x25x16" © Ryan LaBar
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Reality Showdown, 7/17/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 19x25x16" © Ryan LaBar
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Getting the Old Band Back Together, July 29, 2010 Porcelain and Stoneware © Ryan LaBar
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A State of Transformation, July 29, 2010 Porcelain and Stoneware © Ryan LaBar
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Fatal Amour With Fever Of Youth, 7/12/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware © Ryan LaBar
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Fatal Amour With Fever Of Youth, 7/12/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware © Ryan LaBar
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Mythic Past, Resonating in the Present, 7/4/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 19x16x11 © Ryan LaBar
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There's Nothing to Fear From Infinity, 7/4/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware © Ryan LaBar
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Jazz Tinged with Sorrow as well as Somber Beauty, 4/15/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 49"x56"x44"
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Feasting on Memories, Serving the Future, 2/21/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 26"x28"x24"
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Porcelain and Stoneware © Ryan LaBar
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Swimming in Murky Waters Infested with Death and Life, 3/3/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 19"x22"x15" © Ryan LaBar
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A Bit Wry and Rough at the Edges, 3/8/2010 Porcelain and Stoneware 24"x22"x20" © Ryan LaBar
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Porcelain, Stoneware, Glazes © Ryan LaBar
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The Illusion of Beauty, 1/10 Porcelain, Stoneware, Glazes
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Great Falls Montana
Birth year
1975
Lives in
Joseph Oregon
Works in
Joseph Oregon
Tags
gallery installation modern photography, research mixed-media performance painting drawing, abstract, 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.

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Education
2007-2010    MFA  University of  Nebraska-Lincoln
2005             Post Baccalaureate studies at NYSCC @ Alfred University
1998             B.S. Biology, Art and Chemistry minors @ Gonzaga University



experience
Artist Resident

2012 (Jan-Mar)  Gaya Ceramic Arts Center, Ubud, Bali

2011 (Dec) Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen, China

2009 (July-Aug) LH Project, Joseph OR 

2006-2007 (Sept-Aug) LH Project, Joseph OR
2004 (May-Dec) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena OR
Assistant
2008 (June-Aug) Enrique Martinez Celaya,, Santa Monica CA
2006 (July-Aug) Haystack, Deer Isle MN
2006 (July & Aug) Kohler, Kohler WI
2006 (Jan-May)  Professor assistant MSU, Bozeman MT
2005 (March-May) Penland Spring Concentration, Penland NC
2004 (June) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
Technician
2006 (May-June) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
2005 (June-Aug)  Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
Instructor
2006 (Oct)  Guest lecturer, University of Idaho, Moscow ID
2004 (Sept-Dec) Community classes, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
2002-2003  Community classes, Paris Gibson Museum of Art, Great Falls MT

shows


2011  

The June Galery, Helena MT

2008, 2011
The Art Spirit, Couer d’Alene ID
2007
The Clay Studio, Missoula MT
2006 
NAU Wood fire exhibit, Flagstaff AZ
Archie Bray Silent Auction, Helena MT
Mad Hatter’s Teapot Show, Portland OR
Strictly Functional, Lancaster PA
Spring and Teatime:  Trinitas Gallery, Great Falls MT
30/30 Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL
2005
Archie Bray Silent Auction, Helena MT
2004
Archie Bray Holiday shows:  Helena, Billings, and Bozeman MT
Archie Bray Summer Exhibit, Helena MT
Pitcher This:  Artworks Gallery, Bozeman MT
Strictly Functional, Lancaster PA
2003
Just Bowls:  Artworks Gallery, Bozeman MT
Teapot Invitational:  C.M.Russell Museum, Great Falls MT
2002
Clay and Glass Exhibition:  Trinitas Gallery, Great Falls MT
Solo Show:  Gallery 16, Great Falls MT