Laub Laub

laub, photo by marbles

laub is an artist living and working in Los Angeles using glass, ceramics, sculpture, video, drawing, performance, and music. He pulls traditions from an idealist, southern, Christian upbringing and meshes this with a colorful, queer, angst to construct and deconstruct patterns of Utopia.

laub graduated with an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and with a BFA in Craft/Material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. He studied Design at Bornholm School of Glass and Ceramics in Denmark in 2009. If you have any questions for laub about his practice or what he currently has going on please contact him at 562 583 5773.

The act of dying upon one’s self and other remnants of a rebirth Armory Center for the Arts: photo, Ian Byers-Gamber
The act of dying upon one’s self and other remnants of a rebirth (detail) Armory Center for the Arts: photo, Ian Byers-Gamber
The act of dying upon one’s self and other remnants of a rebirth Armory Center for the Arts: photo, Ian Byers-Gamber
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  1. […] Laub Laub is on a road trip visiting family driving from Florida through Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. He currently has an exhibit in Pasadena, California at the Armory Center. The work includes sculptural elements and series of drawings. Visitors are greeted by a big door between cement blocks behind which they find a fumigation bag filled with meat. Laub has discovered that the bags are not enough to contain the smell of rotting meat which adds an unexpected element to the show. The exhibit represents a map of grief. The artifacts and artworks are elements of suicide and dying. The main theme of the show is suicide. Laub’s mother is suicidal and he has had many friends die from prescription pill overdose. Through the work he implicates the pharmaceutical industry in the epidemic of death and overdose gripping the nation. There are also elements of rebirth as well as fanciful, storybook-like elements that tell stories. Everything together in a sense represents a collision of time as well as a timelessness. There is both the political and the personal in the work just like overdose and suicide often has elements of both. Following concern from young viewers, Laub was asked to remove the real drugs from the show. He at first felt offense, wishing that there could be a conversation with the high school students who spoke up about the inclusion rather than a request for removal. He decided to temporarily remove the drugs before replacing them again. Part of the installation in Pasadena is a collaborative work with artist Jennifer Moon. A series of tapestries illustrates the life and death of Moon’s dog Mr. Snuggles.  To hear more about Laub’s work and his collaboration with Jennifer Moon, listen to the complete interview. […]