Sunrise Series 1: Looking out fearfully upon the confined deep

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Sunrise Series 1: Looking out fearfully upon the confined deep

3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
March 6th, 2010 - April 17th, 2010
Opening: March 6th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
(310) 618-6340
Tues-Sat 11-5
sculptural, large-scale, furniture


TAM is pleased to announce the SUNRISE SERIES. Once a year we will present a carefully selected artist, who we feel is destined for greater things, in their first ever solo show at a museum.  For the first in the series we proudly present Ryan Taber.

SUNRISE will be an important milestone in the artist’s career and an excellent opportunity for TAM patrons to be there at the beginning and to see firsthand the talents and originality of one of the best new artists alive today. The artists considered for this program will primarily be from the SoCal area although we will also include artists from around the country and internationally on occasion.

Ryan Taber
Looking out fearfully upon the confined deep.

Looking out fearfully upon the confined deep takes its name from an 1845 description of Hornby lodge, an early retreat in the Adirondacks. The exhibition features a number of new, large scale sculptural works and artifacts alongside a series of furniture pieces from the artist's collaborative design project, Kaguya.

The furniture works were conceived by the artist as a series of unique pieces to be released as the first run in a seasonal line, thematically designed by guest curators/designers and produced by Kaguya. This series and the rest of the works in the show, examine notions of Nationalism, cultural identity and place through our forefathers fossil fixation and design languages ranging from the neurotic rusticity of Robert Reamer to the Industrial Persona of Raymond Loewy. Throughout the works, the visual languages of Noguchi's Akari, Loewy's Space Suit, Indiana's Hickory and Jefferson's Megalonyx are all employed in considering the history of the increasingly convoluted 19-20th century adaptation of the psychology of entitlement and models of cultural and environmental othering