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Dan Tabb – Uncomfortable Vessels


May 29 - July 27

First Floor Main Gallery

This exhibition round includes works provided by Dan Tabb which will be on view in the First Floor Main Gallery from May 29 – July 27, 2024.  Lowe Mill A&E invites patrons and art lovers to join us for Open Studio Night, a building-wide experience when our over 150 studios will be open to the public.  The evening also includes receptions for all seven of our gallery spaces. This series gives the public a chance to meet and interact with visiting artists and discuss their work as it is on display and available for purchase. Come out, enjoy a pleasant evening, and maybe you’ll find that special piece of art that speaks to you!  The Open Studio Night reception is Saturday, July 27 from 5-7 pm.


About the exhibit:

I create two main themes in my work. 

One is that I don’t sculpt people…I sculpt emotions. 

The second is a Collection of Uncomfortable Vessels. 

We are all just a collection of uncomfortable vessels that carry around our light, our dark, our essence, our mind, and our soul. This collection is a representation of our bodies: those fallible, fleshy meat suits that we guide around hoping to not get injured; as well as the aspirational purity we wish they would be. 

They represent hope and fear and loss and joy – not one of them is very comfortable to take a drink from, but worth it if you can.


About the artist:

I was born in California, but I was reared mostly in Alabama after relocating multiple times throughout the Midwest and South. After high school, I spent seven years in the US Navy. Those seven years took me around the world and back. This was the most formative time of my life as an artist: traveling all over, meeting new people and cultures, touring the great cities of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa gave me a unique perspective on what art is and an equally unique approach to presenting that perspective. 

I spent the last ten years working in leather, paper, and occasionally clay. It was a finally-realized trip for my bride to New York City and the Big Five museums that focused my will. I picked up a hammer and chisel, some riffers and a rotary tool, got myself some soapstone and alabaster, and taught myself how to sculpt. 

It was my daughter who actually gave a name for the style I was unknowingly following: Brutalism. It made sense, it fit. I have been a man in the wrong century for most of my life, so why not carry that style from the 20th into my sculpture. 


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