Incorporating forms and patterns evocative of biological, botanical, geological, and mechanical structures, Joshua Abarbanel capitalizes on the intimacy of TAJ ART and explores how objects and ideas can be both minuscule and infinite at the same time.
The wall-mounted wooden sculptures inspired by seeds and spores presented here are Abarbanel’s current examination of creation and impermanence—transcending queries informed in part by a visit to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard during a recent expeditionary residency in the Arctic Circle.
Finding inspiration in fractals, accretive formations, and the Fibonacci sequence, Abarbanel often makes works that toy with perspective or simultaneously evoke microscopic and aerial views. These compositions serve as metaphors for archetypal relationships—between people, between individuals and communities, and between humankind and the planet—and also illustrate how disparate parts can come together to make a whole in beautiful and startling ways.
About Joshua Abarbanel
Joshua Abarbanel is a Los Angeles-based visual artist who works in a variety of media, predominantly sculpture. His art has been exhibited at the Fleming Museum of Art (Burlington, Vermont), Jewish Museum Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Art Share L.A. (Los Angeles), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (Los Angeles), Columbia University-Bernard Kraft Center (New York), and Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles), among other venues, and was the focus of a solo exhibition in 2014 at Hinge Parallel Gallery (Culver City) and a two-person exhibition in 2016 at Porch Gallery (Ojai).
Abarbanel’s work has been reviewed recently in Fabrik and ArtFCity, and his projects have been the subject of numerous feature stories in outlets including in the Associated Press, CNN Greece, Design Milk, My Modern Met, Contemporist, Hi-Fructose, KCRW Design and Architecture, Colossal, and a European documentary on Arte Television.
Abarbanel received dual undergraduate degrees in art and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and an MDA from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he focused on ceramics. Upon completing his MFA he delved into digital art and graphics, disciplines he teaches as a professor at Los Angeles Harbor College. He was born in Manchester, England, and lives and works in Santa Monica, California.