Artist's Statement

I sculpt metal, ceramic, wood, and glass into iconic and at times enigmatic forms that explore humankind’s relationship with nature. My work is influenced by a childhood split between rural Maine and New York City—an experience that inspired a profound interest in the dichotomy between communities in which people work close to nature, and the alienation of an urban, technological society. My sculptures explore and illustrate the parallels and interactions between these two worlds.

Many of my finished artworks also acquire the form and function of tools. Tools are essential for a complete discussion about the process of making sculpture. They are the extensions of the human hand through which materials are manipulated and shaped, and they are the vehicles through which information can be unearthed. The tools we apply to nature—to contain it, shape it, understand it and categorize it—also have a profound affect upon it. It is this impetus to measure, understand, contain and manipulate nature that I enact through my work.

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Exhibitions

  • Bay Area Stars, Melissa Morgan Fine arts Palm Desert, CA
  • 25 Years of International Art Textiles and Scupture, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton CT
  • SEAT Exhibition, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Arkansas Art Center, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft, Ashville, North Carolina
  • Ashville Art Museum, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft, Ashville, North Carolina
  • Beyond Trandition: Art Legacies at the Richmond Art Center, CA
  • Browngrotta fine arts, Wilton CT, STIMULUS: art and its inception
  • Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA Two person show, Wolfgang Bloch & Lawrence LaBianca,
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft, Ashville, North Carolina
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Barclay Simpson Award, California College of The Arts
  • Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft, Ashville, North Carolina
  • Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA Lawrence LaBianca and Esther Traugot,
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft
  • Oakland Museum at City Center, Solo show, Oakland, CA
  • Doug Adams Gallery Bade Museum, Berkeley, CA Mapping Sacred Ground
  • The Cheese Factory, Petaluma, CA Terrior: A Sense of Place
  • Nature (not as you’d expect), Gensler, Two Harrison St. San Francisco, CA
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Bay Area Now
  • Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA, Nature Study
  • San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA, New West Coast Design
  • Johansson projects, Oakland, CA, Two person show, Anatomy of Folklore
  • Bedford Gallery, CA, Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite.
  • Arts Benicia, CA, Looking Glass: seeing through the medium,
  • Valladolid Sculpture Biennale, Spain
  • Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Faithfully
  • Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA, CCA: A Legacy in Studio Glass,
  • Sculpture site Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Solo show
  • California College of the Arts, Group Show
  • California College of the Arts, A Family of Clay, CCA Ceramics 1950-2005,
  • Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Group show
  • Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Solo show
  • Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “a simple chair show”
  • EDAW, San Francisco, CA, Group show
  • Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards, Chicago, juried show with catalog, Virginia Groot Foundation
  • Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, Group show
  • Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, Group show,
  • San Francisco Craft and Folk Museum, SF, Reliquaries for America
  • Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, Two person show
  • Oakland City Hall, Oakland, CA, Group show
  • Group juried show, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA
  • Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, Group show
  • Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA,Two person show,
  • Bitters Gallery, Seattle, WA, Solo Show
  • Two person show, DIVAN space SF, CA
  • Solo Show, Bitters Gallery. Seattle, WA
  • Solo Show, 21 Useful Objects (for getting there), WORKS Gallery, Sonoma, CA
  • Magnolia Editions Gallery, San Francisco, CA April, Future Histories, Group show
  • The Artery, Davis, CA, California Clay Competition
  • Bitters Gallery, Seattle, WA, Solo Show
  • SF Introductions at Dorothy Weiss Gallery, SF, CA
  • Works Gallery, Sonoma, CA, Solo Show
  • Southern Exposure Gallery Introduction shows, SF, CA
  • Barclay Simpson Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, Group show

Awards & Honors

  • Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle Wash.
  • Artist in residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center
  • Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado
  • Creative Work Fund, Collaborative Grant
  • Virginia S Groot Foundation Grant for Sculpture
  • Earnie Kim Award, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle Wash.
  • Barclay Simpson Award
  • Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle Wash.

Performance

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with Flyaway Productions, San Francisco, CA
  • Theater Artaud with Project Bandaloop, San Francisco, CA
  • Somarts with Flyaway Productions, San Francisco, CA
  • Feb. Collaborative sculptures for dance, Strange Love ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA
  • Collaborative sculpture with Joanna Haigood and Axis dance company, Yerba Buana Center for the Arts, SF, CA
  • Feb. Collaborative sculptures for dance, The Body Project, Flyaway Productions, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA
  • May Collaborative sculptures for dance, Fellow Travelers Dance Company, Bradey St. Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Oct. Collaborative sculptures for dance, Catastrophe Practice, the Fellow Travelers Dance Company, The New School, SF, CA
  • Fellow Travelers Dance Company, Theater Artuad, SF, CA

Publications

  • Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft, THE NEW MATERIALITY, Fuller Craft Museum, Boston, Mass
  • Catalogue, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, BAN 5
  • Catalogue, Bienal De Escultura, De Valladolid
  • Catalogue, CCA: A Legacy in Studio Glass, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design,
  • Catalogue, LaBianca Recent Works 49pgs., Emily Raabe, Jeff Nathenson
  • Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards pg., 108-111

Education

  • MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, High Distinction
  • BA, Department of Environmental Design, University of Colorado

Employment

  • Present Adjunct Professor, California College of the Arts
  • Headlands Center for the Arts, Swell Break, Three day workshop
  • Anderson Ranch, Two summer classes
  • Richmond Arts Center

Press

  • Anderson Ranch, In Residence: Lawrence LaBianca, November, 5
  • The Providence Sunday Journal, Craft enters the digital age, July 11
  • When handmade meets digital, sparks fly, Boston Sunday Globe, June 20
  • The San Francisco Chronicle, Abstractionist’s art looks alive, Sept. 4
  • Artweek, September 2008, v39 issue 7 ’Bay Area Now 5’ at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, back page
  • The Brooklyn Rail, Sept. 2008, Bay Area Now 5, Tessa DeCarlo
  • Artweek, February 2008, ’Looking Glass’ at Arts Benicia, Dewitt Chang
  • San Francsico Chronicle, Wednesday, Oct. 1 What buildings say vs. unbuilt ideas, pg. G2, Zahid sardner
  • San Francisco Bay Gaurdian, July 16-22, biennialmania, For regional survey exhibitions, It’s location, location, location, pg. 44 Stacy Martin
  • San Francisco Bay Gaurdian, Wednesday, July 16, Doing it Naturally, Stacy Martin
  • American Craft Magazine, Feb New West Coast Design: Contemporary Objects at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, Mija Riedel
  • Berkeley Daily Planet, Thursday, August 14, San Francisco Triennal at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. pg
  • East Bay Express, April 30, 2008, Nature Makes a Comeback, Three artists do field work in reality, Dewitt Chang
  • San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, November 22, Branching Out, ’Anatomy of Folklore’ Using materials raw helps show relationship between human and nature
  • Oct 19 San Francisco Chronicle, Sculptor-rock climber Lawrence LaBianca Retools Nature, Jesse Hamlin
  • Aug SF Weekly, August 30-September 5, pg 35, Lea Feinstein
  • Aug San Francisco Examiner, Weekend Edition, August 26-27, Tiffany Martini
  • Aug SF Weekly, August 30-September 5, pg 35, Lea Feinstein
  • July Travel and Leisure,
  • Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards pg., 108-111
  • June Review, Artweek, V. 32, p.12
  • April SF Weekly, April 4-10, pg., 36
  • Feb. Ceramics Monthly,
  • Feb. San Francisco Bay Guardian, February 9, 2000, pg., 74
  • Aug Review, Artweek, V. 25, p.17