artist statement & biography



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.


harry c. tabak resume




Art Students League of New York, 1966-67, 1970-74


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)


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


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)


  • Vietnam Experience- NetViet TV interview, 12/2016, “Sculpture-Image-Dance” vnExpress- Vietnam national online publication 12/2016
  • “Back to Vietnam: US veteran finds peace in art”
  • “Drawing Moral Lessons from Nature” (Islip Museum, “Contemporary Bestiary”) by Helen A. Harrison, NY Times, April 1, 1990
  • “Radwaste/ Stonehenge grace Tyler Gallery” by Jennifer Gibbs, Oswegonian, February 2, 1989
  • “Art Depicts Nuclear Nightmare” by Don Harting, Syracuse Herald Journal, February 22, 1989
  • “Sculpted pages at SUNY Art Gallery” by Ross Pollock,Woodstock Times, September 1, 1988
  • “Books are Art with a Message” (Wichita Art Museum) by Nancy Pate, Wichita Eagle Beacon, April 7, 1985
  • “Art of Viet Vets Goes on Exhibit” (Rotunda Gallery- Brooklyn NY) by Jarred McCallister, NY Daily News, Nov 2, 1984
  • “West ‘82/ Art and the Law” by Fran Addington, Minneapolis Tribune, October 3, 1982
  • The Vietnam Experience (Tracers: Ten Vietnam Veteran Artists, catalog)
  • Nava Atlas and Chaim Tabak, a Collaborative Exhibition: The Radwaste and Stonehenge Books
  • (Wichita Art Museum, catalog), with essay by Howard DaLee Spencer, 1985
  • "Radioactive Waste as Subject of Art" by Anthony S. Maulucci, New Haven Register, February 5, 1978

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