12lb What Lies Beneath, is a mixed media sculpture. The unique water housing was created to submerge Moby Dick by Herman Melville underwater. The image was taken while the book was underwater and tethered to a rock. The artist, Lawrence LaBianca is a sculptor that takes his studio work to the outdoors. Making machine like sculptures that harness natural phoneme to generate the art. This piece is part of a larger body of work that engages aquatic environments. Lawrence LaBianca, 40" - 85" x 18.5" x 8.5", 2016, $8,000
8lb Skiff, steel, phone head set, recording, amplifier, 57” x 21” x 12”, 2010, $8,500
10lb Twenty Four Hours on the Roaring Fork River, Aspen CO. Day Two, wood, copper plate with soft ground, 52.5” x 28.5” x 2”, 2010, $3,200
11lb Boat House, cast glass with copper, wood, 6” x 25” x 6”, 2010, $6,400
9lb Trow, Piller Point, steel, phone head set, recording, amplifier, 65” x 17” x 13”, 2010, $9,500
7lb My Father's Dream, Lawrence LaBianca, oak, green neon, transformer, cord, 24" x 96" x 10", 2004, $14,000
5lb The Strong Are Saying Nothing, Lawrence LaBianca, oak, steel, modified winch, steel cable, 102" x 32" x 24.5", 2011, $4,800
2ll Tool For Revealing Lost Information, Lawrence LaBianca, wood, glass lens, steel, 14.5" x 38" x 4.5", 1998, $10,000
3lb Camphor, Lawrence LaBianca, glass with photo, branch, steel, 12" x 22" x 7", 1999, $6,500
Lawrence LaBianca, cast glass, stainless steel, redwood, 15" x 15.5" x 3.5"-11.25", 2004, $7,500
Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California (New West Coast Design and Reliquaries for America); Milwaukee Museum of Art, Wisconsin (The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft; traveling exhibition); Bolinas Museum, California (Wolfgang Bloch & Lawrence LaBianca); Oakland Museum at City Center, California (solo exhibition); Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts; Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Virginia Groot Foundation, Chicago, Illinois (Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (Bay Area Now); Arts Benecia, California (Looking Glass: seeing through the medium). Recipient: Collaborative Grant: Creative Work Fund; Grant for Sculpture: Virginia Groot Foundation; Ernie Kim Award, Richmond Art Center, California; Scholarships: Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington (full scholarship, each of 3 years); Artist-in-Residence: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado.
5ll Timeline, Lawrence LaBianca, walnut ladle, cast glass,steel, 10" x 48" x 10" , 2000, $8,500
Metal and wood come together in a way that transcends any particular age, LaBianca says. "My pieces are timeless in the sense that they are not grounded in any particular moment," he says. "The story that I'm telling has something to do with the past but is also looking to the future." It worries him that people seem to be so detached from nature. "I was ... reading an old National Geographic, and it was all about the oil crisis in the '70s. There was a picture of a woman with dead ducks, covered in oil." It was an image that could have been ripped from this newspaper's current front page.
From: Anatomy of Folklore: Johansson Projects show uses materials raw, Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2007