Larry Graeber
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About Larry Graeber
Larry Graeber a Texas-based artist, works in studios in San Antonio and Marfa. Raised in Austin the oldest of three children, the son of an architect, and homemaker. As a youth Larry was always involved in making things; forts, treehouses and down hill coasters. As a teenager, junior high - high schooler he worked summers at his grandad's lumber yard, Graeber Lumber.

In college Larry initially studied architecture, then discovered the art department where things came naturally, studying painting, printmaking, jewelry and filmmaking. By his second year he had already found a studio in downtown San Marcos that he devoted to painting.

Graeber began exhibiting in 1971, curated into Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. His first major one person exhibition was in 1974, Works From a Small Duplex, curated by director John Leeper hosted by the McNay Art Museum in their upstairs galleries. Represented in both public and private collections, books and magazines, he most enjoys exhibiting in group and one person shows.

Artist Statement: … it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, … Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Precarious fragility seems to be the new state of existence. Until now our exploits and consumption have seemed to be an entitlement, but our terrestrial existence is now talking back.

Practice Statement: principles of elements - painting, sculpture and work on paper;

After many years of practice I trust a degree of empathy and understanding have found lodging in me. I no longer have any pervasive agendas so feel free to address any subject I like. And without an agenda a more patient approach has occurred in the manner in which I work.

The nature of a convergence; the experience of three or more things occurring or arriving at the same place at the same time remains the cornerstone of perception for me. Because convergences usually occur subtly and so often unnoticed the consequential phenomena is seldom perceived. Attention to these incidences can help describe and open one up to so much.

In my studio the experience is similar, though mostly routine, the objective is to be engaged and eager to prevail. So alert and present, surrounded by past work and some goals, I may merely add to the “debris”, but the engagement has potential. An unfinished drawing, painting or sculpture may get finished, a new idea may occur. All in benefit of my hope to make coherent artifacts, intuitively accessible and subjectively understood.
Education
Two years of college with continued education by auditing classes in - sculpture, jewelry, film and printmaking
Events
Blurb books - pop up Gallery 90
formal proof - exhibit at BSC: blurb book with essay by Anjali Gupta
Glasstire - interview by Gary Sweeney December 9, 2019
Studio Debris - Sculpture, blurb book with the essay by Matthew Mendez
1340 Art Magazine 2019//01 - page 45; Creatures oil on canvas 2018
Studio Debris - Sculpture, blurb book with the essay by Matthew Mendez
three blurb books - Eye on You, paintings and drawings, Dec 2018
Sky and Land, painting, May - Aug 2018, Coupling and other paintings, Jan - Apr 2018,
One of two presenters, James Surls and myself, at the Richard and Pam Salmon sculpture competition - Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, Oct 2 - Nov 3, 2017
Exhibitions
2019
pop up Gallery 90 - 13 artists, three openings, nov 29 - dec 28
formal proof - exhibit at BSC: blurb book with essay by Anjali Gupta
Blue Star Contemporary: Formal Proof; Sterling Allen and Larry Graeber, Project Room
State Wide: Texas Sculpture Group exhibit Houston Baptist University
When They Appear; Marilyn Jolly & Larry Graber, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, catalog
Larry Graeber, Works on Paper, March Spotlight, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA
2018
Fifth Annual ArtSpace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition: Juried by Christina Rees
International Sculpture Center, mixed media sculpture, Boy, Hamilton Township
International Sculpture Center's Chapter Member Exhibition at Zona Maco, Mexico City
Silent; Dock Space Gallery, paintings and sculpture, San Antonio TX, Jan 13-Feb 2
Sky and Land, Greasewood Gallery, Marfa TX paintings, May - Aug 2018
Fifth Annual ArtSpace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition: Juried by Christina Rees
International Sculpture Center, mixed media sculpture, Boy, Hamilton Township
International Sculpture Center's Chapter Member Exhibition at Zona Maco, Mexico City
Silent; Dock Space Gallery, paintings and sculpture, San Antonio TX, Jan 13-Feb 2
2017
Fiction; exhibition of sculpture and wall reliefs, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, Oct 2 - Nov 3 Museum of Fine Art, Oct 13
Intersections; Rachael Wren, David Alcantar, Larry Graeber - Curated by Benjamin McVey, Anthem Gallery, hosted by Fl!ght Gallery, Blue Star, San Antonio
Place to Place; exhibition of sculpture, paintings, works on paper; catalog, essay by Chad Dawkins, de stijl\Podium for Art, Austin, TX
Red Dot, curated by Jacqueline McGilvray, catalog, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio
Survey: Texas sculpture group; curated by Chad Dawkins, Texas State University

2016
Passing Glance; James Joffe & Larry Graeber, Gallery 20/20, San Antonio
Above and Below; six sculptors, Curated by Sculpture Month Houston. sponsored by Rudolph Blume Fine Art /Art Scan Gallery, Houston
Sculpture Month Houston; celebration and survey, Oct 15 - Nov 19 at the Decorative Ctr., Houston,
Meet the Future 2016 pop-up exhibition, six artists, McNay Art Museum, curated by Rene Barilleaux
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