Artist Statement

My work investigates the body, materiality, and how the physical has relationships with the more ethereal or intangible, such as spirituality and trauma. I merge craft materials and my Mennonite upbringing with art and science to access emotions entangled in fear, stored deep within the body to keep the world spinning within oppressive systems. I have been a glass blower for twelve years. Glass requires grace and strength to coordinate my body with the material. It is extremely seductive, both to work with and to look at. I am interested in glass as a vessel, how it can be simultaneously precious and mundane. There is no hiding with this translucent material: whatever it holds can be seen. The material transformation of glass from its molten liquid state to a structural object has significance beyond materiality.

As a queer, transgendered person, these characteristics of glass take on new meaning. Like glass, my body is a vessel and gender is a construct to be manipulated and transformed. I work towards a certain translucency with my own materiality to reveal the various constructs that formed my body into a structural object. In OH BE GENTLE, I explore the restructuring of the trans body via fermentation, pointing to a multiplicity of self: our bodies are shared by trillions of microorganisms.

This multiplicity of self has led me to sustain a collaborative practice with Jennifer Moon. Our relationship, which is both domestic and an art practice, queers the current configurations of love co-opted by capitalism.

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Biography
2012
MFA in Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2009
Glas og Keramikskolen på Bornholm, Nexø, Denmark
2008
BFA in Craft Material Studies (Magna cum Laude), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Solo Exhibitions
2015
OH BE GENTLE, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA.
Phoenix Rising, Part 3: laub, me, and The Revolution (The Theory of Everything), exhibition in collaboration with Jennifer Moon, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA
2012
Failing To Succeed:  Illusions of a Utopian Dream, Al Dios No Conocido Queer Space, Providence Rhode, RI.

Group Exhibitions
2016
the love in our belly, two-person exhibition with Sarah Dougherty, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, CASome of My Best Friends Are Germs, curated by Ana Iwataki and Marion Vasseur Raluy, DOC, Paris, France
Subject To Capital, curated by Joshua Lubin-Levy, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
2014
Trans.ient, curated Kean O’Brien, U-Haul trucks, West Hollywood, CA
2nd Annual AFTERGLOW SUMMER VIDEO SERIES, curated by Harry Dodge and Aimee Goguen, Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA.
QUARTETS, curated by Stephan Moore in collaboration with OPENSIGNAL, Granoff Center for the Arts, Providence, RI.
2013
AFTERGLOW SUMMER VIDEO SERIES, curated by Harry Dodge and Aimee Goguen, Harry Dodge Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Greenpoint Film Festival, curated by Alex Ben-Abba, Greenpoint Galleries, New York, NY
The Anarch. Film Project, curated by Frances Richard, anarchfilmproject.tumblr.com, online
One of Your Kind Glass Bowls, OtherWild, Los Angeles, CA

Performances
2016
Performing Our Character Map, performance with Jennifer Moon, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
At the Edge of Space and Time: Expanding beyond Our 4% Universe, In Real Life: Performance with Jennifer Moon, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Salon: Forecast, performance with Jennifer Moon on queer futurity, Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW), Los Angeles, CA.
Too Much Information, presentation with Jennifer Moon on artists, activists, and gentrification within the context of queering particle physics and quantum mechanics, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA.
Performance on Loneliness with Jennifer Moon, KCHUNG stage, Los Angeles Art Book Fair, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
Donate $1 to The Revolution, performance with Jennifer Moon, Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA
2015
Explorations in Teledildonics with Jennifer Moon and laub, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
2012
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Al Dios No Conocido Queer Space, Providence RI

Projects
2016-present
beingkade, Instagram project
2015-present
agapeanderos, Instagram project with Jennifer Moon
Mother Fucking Church, monthly radio show, KCHUNG, Los Angeles, CA

Published Works
2016
“At the Edge of Space and Time: Expanding Beyond Our 4% Universe.” Artist Project with Jennifer Moon. C Magazine Issue 132 Winter 2017. Print.
“Take My Hand and Let’s Get Out of This 4% Universe.” Critics Page contribution with Jennifer Moon. The Brooklyn Rail July-August 2016. Print.
“An interview with Asher Hartman in the afterglow of The Silver, the Black, the Wicked Dance performed in the Bing Theatre at LACMA on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14, 2016.”  Notes on Looking July 6, 2016. Web.
2015
“Born Again.” 100 handmade popups with Jennifer Moon. baumtest quarterly issue no. 7 Winter 2015. Print.
“hashtag, love magic, love letter.” Notes on Looking 11 September 2015. Web.

Bibliography
2016
Holte, Michael Ned. “Best of 2016.” Rev. of Phoenix Rising, Part 3: laub, me, and The Revolution (The Theory of Everything) at Commonwealth & Council. Artforum December 2016. Print.
Berardini, Andrew. “Critics’ Pick.” Rev. of the love in our belly at Visitor Welcome Center. Artforum 7 October 2016. Web.
Wagley, Catherine. “Moon, laub, and Love.” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla) Issue 4 Spring 2016. Print.
2015
Kuriyama, Emi. “Phoenix Rising, Part 3: laub, me, and The Revolution (The Theory of Everything) A conversation with Emi Kuriyama, Jennifer Moon and laub.” Notes on Looking 21 December 2015. Web.
Stromberg, Matt. “Jennifer Moon, Jemima Wyman, and Robby Herbst at Commonwealth & Council.” Rev. of Phoenix Rising, Part 3: laub, me, and The Revolution (The Theory of Everything). Daily Serving 1 December 2015. Web.
Pagel, David. “Critic’s Choice: Jennifer Moon’s mesmerizing show turns the art world into a punchline.” Rev. of Phoenix Rising, Part 3: laub, me, and The Revolution (The Theory of Everything) at Commonwealth & Council. Los Angeles Times 25 November 2015. Web.

2015                        Horst, Aaron. “Doug Ischar, Lucas Michael and Laub at Commonwealth & Council.” Rev. of OH BE GENTLE. Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla) 15 July 2015. Web.