“Sunset Dance” - Sculpture based digital print, Ed. of 25, 2012 - 20”h x 16”w - $210/ 24” x 20” framed - $275
The works in this exhibition reflect my obsession in creating what I call collaborations with nature. Finding natural materials such as these vines has inspired a large range of works in numerous formats. Initially I composed compositions in what I call ‘conversations’. An interaction of individual forms, exploring space and movement.
Digitized photos followed with the addition of color which adds elements of emotion to the works. These digital images have triggered a series of collaborative works with dancers and musicians interpreting the intricate movements of these vines.
The narrative of the original works has grown to encompass life metaphors. The parallels to the human experience such as birth, reaching and grasping, entanglement and the constant movement as we ‘search’. There are many other interesting visuals one can offer which relate to our own personal experiences.
Tabak’s recent artwork reflects his strong bond with nature. The materials he’s chosen for his sculptures are influenced by often overlooked vines along the countryside. The series of works in this exhibition reflect several years of an obsession with grapevines and their very lyrical forms and movement.
Beyond the sculptures, Tabak has introduced digital images of his sculptures to his portfolio of work to amplify the impact of these unusual forms through the use of edited color. An added influence of these images are his current experiments with projections that include interpretive dance movement as well as music in live performances.
Interpreting these small vines on a larger scale have resulted in several forged & welded steel sculptures to the repertoire of variations on the theme.
His most recent project was an exhibition and dance performance in Hanoi, Vietnam, utilizing a series of bamboo sculptures and digital prints.
His artworks are represented in the Brooklyn Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Samuel Dorsky Art Museum and numerous corporate and private collections.
Tabak shares his studio space with his wife, writer & artist Nava Atlas, in picturesque New Paltz, NY.
Art Students League of New York, 1966-67, 1970-74
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Heritage Center Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
2014 Concourse/Discourse Gallery, N. Adams, MA: Converations in Wood, Stone, and Glass
1985-89 TRAVELING EXHIBIT: The Radwaste and Stonehenge Books (two-person)
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS (originating site)
Carnegie Center for the Arts, Dodge City, KS
Mulvane Art Center, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
Emporia University, Emporia, KS
College Art Gallery, SUNY at New Paltz, NY
Nelson Fosdick Gallery, SUNY at Alfred, NY
Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY at Oswego, NY
1986 Dorsky Galleries, NYC
1982 Vorpal Gallery, NYC
1981 Dorsky Galleries, NYC
1980 Dorsky Galleries, NYC
1978 Long Island University, Humanities Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Yale University, Sterling Hall Medical Library, New Haven, CT
1977 Harvard University, Science Center Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Art Students League of NY, NYC
1976 Gallery One (NYC)
1974 Orpheus Gallery (NYC)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 SUNY Orange, Orange Hall Gallery: War in the Arts: Redeeming Spirits
2016 Flomenhaft Gallery, NYC: Earth SOS
2012 Bau Gallery, Beacon, NY: Apocalypse
2006 Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY: Invitational Exhibit
1989 Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY: Contemporary Bestiary
1985 Hand in Hand Galleries, NYC: Book Arts
1984 Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY: 8 Union Square Artists
Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY: War and Peace and Art
1983 Dorsky Galleries, NYC: 4 Union Square Artists
1982 Landmark Center Gallery, St. Paul, MN: Art and the Law
Pratt Graphics Center Gallery, NYC: Tracers
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY: International Printmakers
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY: 67th Annual Juried
1979 National Academy Galleries, NYC: Annual Invitational
1975 Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA: 21st Annual Juried
1974 National Academy Galleries, NYC: Henry Ward Ranger Invitational
PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Wichita Art Museum (Wichita, KS)
Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)
Weatherspoon Art Museum, U of North Carolina at Greensboro
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY-New Paltz (NY)
Fred F. French Investment Corp.
A.C. Neilson Corp. Wamsutta Corp.
University of Orlando, UCF Art Gallery, (Orlando, FL)
2015, 2016, 2017 Studios at MassMOCA (North Adams, MA)
2016 Muong Studio (Vietnam) - Artist in Residence
2016 Spread Art (Detroit, MI)
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRESS