Libby Gerber

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Press Release/Statement

“Throughout history, monuments have symbolized success, grandeur, and possibility. Ancient religious and funerary monuments were composed of “geometric solids” and Modern towers were ambitiously tall and created out of strong, permanent materials. In the contemporary world of excess consumption and fears about global warming, humanity’s collective vision of the future has radically shifted. My towers, some within in the gallery and others site-specific, appear to be grandiose, structures, yet they embrace notions of natural cycles, repurposing of materials, and ephemerality. I create the monuments with layers of reclaimed, raw clay, dirt, and manure, materials that are temporary and are not intended to endure.”

“These towers, at once architectural and anthropomorphic, speak to how people and nature interact. Some of the installations serve as vertical food gardens with vegetable plants sprouting from the towers, others are conspicuously arid and seem to evoke drought, bones, or artifacts. Others are place markers, commemorating a site important to our human-natural bond. All of the monuments feel ancient, weathered, and natural, but at the same time human-made and out-of- place. They are both strange and familiar. They are at once hopeful and forlorn. This is how I see the future.”

RESUME

EDUCATION
2010 MFA, Public Art and Sculpture, California State University, Northridge, CA.
2003 BA, Visual Arts, Cum Laude, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Main Gallery, California State University Northridge, CA.
2010 Blur, Manzanita Gallery, California State University Northridge, CA.
2009 Set in Stone, Shed Gallery, California State University Northridge, CA.
2003 BA Thesis Exhibition, Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Hecho a Mano, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Aurora, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Guilt by Association: Tarfest Installation and Sculpture, LAUNCH Project Space, Los
Angeles, CA; curated by James Panozzo and Peter Mays.
2010 Think Green, Santa Ana College Main Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
2010 Thickening the Plot, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA.
2010 The Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts Exhibition (GLAMFA), California State
University, Long Beach, CA. (catalogue)
2010 Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA.
2010 Art Auction Benefit, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 GEM, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA.
2009 Open Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA; juried by Apsara Diquinzio.
2009 Tarfest, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA; juried by Rita Gonzalez.
2009 The Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts Exhibition (GLAMFA), California State
University, Long Beach, CA. (catalogue)
2009 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, West Gallery, California State University,
Northridge, CA; juried by Aaron Rose, Donald Suggs, and Ashley McLean-Emenegger.
2008 Out of Context, West Gallery, California State University Northridge, CA.
2008 Found 2, Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 MFA Showcase, West Gallery, California State University Northridge, CA.
2003 Faces and Phases, Corner Gallery, North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, ID.

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2010 LA: Observing the Urban – Rural, various locations throughout Los Angeles County.
2009 On the Trail Of, Newtown, Hahamongna Park, Pasadena, CA.
2008 Glendale to Northridge, Metrolink Train Corridor, Van Nuys, CA.
2008 Zone 5 in the City, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles, CA;
juried by Helen Lessick.
2008 Temporary Art Park, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
2008 Firearm Fossils, Botanic Garden, California State University, Northridge, CA.
2007 Tend to the Soil, Eagle Rockdale Community Garden, Los Angeles, CA.
2004 Entryway, Harding Family Center, Coeur d’Alene, ID.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Chang, Richard, “Trash and Recyclables Become Art in Brea”. The Orange County Register,
Santa Ana, CA, (June 11, 2010).
Brian Allen Moore, “The Reverie of Evaluation”, catalogue essay for The Greater Los Angeles
Master of Fine Art Exhibition, Long Beach, CA, August 2009, 20-23.
Stephanie Olmedo, “Student Shares Reflections in ‘Firearm Fossils’ Exhibit at Botanic Garden”.
Daily Sundial, (February 5, 2008): 4.

LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
2010 Artist Books, Social Justice, and Storytelling (workshop), Homeboy Industries,
Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Artist Lecture, Sculpture and 3D Design Courses, California State University,
San Bernardino, CA.
2009 Artist Lecture, Natural History Museum’s Arts and Education Roundtable, Page
Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
2009 Permission or Forgiveness: Interventions in Public Space, Participant, California State
University Student Research Competition, California State University, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 Artmaking After the Bachelors Degree, Guest Lecturer, Senior Projects Course,
California State University Northridge, CA.
2008 Raid the Kitchen and Storm the Toolshed: Simple Concrete Casting, Workshop
Coordinator, Public Art Course, California State University Northridge, CA.
2008 Issues in Public Art, Guest Lecturer, Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, CA.

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