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Joshua Abarbanel is an artist who examines creation and impermanence, regularly using forms and patterns evocative of biological, botanical, geological, and mechanical structures. Finding inspiration in fractals, accretive formations, and the Fibonacci sequence, Abarbanel's work is suffused with paradox: between the made and the grown, life and death, and microscopic and aerial perspectives. His sculptures and other projects are visual 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. 

Born:
Manchester, England 1966
Lives and works in Santa Monica CA

Education:
1993 Master of Fine Arts, Design, University of California, Los Angeles
1989 Bachelor of Arts, Art and Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions:
March 11–April 15, 2017, Joshua Abarbanel: It's Only Natural, TAJ Art Gallery, Eagle Rock CA
November 12–December 16, 2016, Joshua Abarbanel: Finding North, Los Angeles Harbor College Art Gallery, Wilmington CA
April 14–May 29, 2016, Seismic | Formations: Selected Works by Joshua Abarbanel and China AdamsPorch Gallery, Ojai CA
June 21–July 26, 2014, See Life: New Works by Joshua Abarbanel, Hinge Parallel Gallery, Culver City CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016
September 23, 2016–January 29, 2017, Golem, Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
February 27–April 23, 2016, Occasional Curious Harbor Studio Faculty Exhibition, Los Angeles Harbor College Art Gallery, Wilmington CA

2015
September 15–December 18, 2015, In Grain: Contemporary Work in Wood, Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington VT
July 8–25, 2015, Sticks & StonesArtShare L.A., Los Angeles CA
February 7–April 5, 2015, Art House, Los Angeles CA

2014
August 21–September 9, 2014, Veranda: Contemplating Spaces in Between, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Los Angeles CA
January 19–June 30, 2014, Abracadabra: Myth, Magic and Monsters, Hebrew Union College-JIR, Los Angeles CA
December 7, 2013–January 31, 2014, Art House, Los Angeles CA

2013 and prior
September 29–December 15, 2013, Sacred Words, Sacred Texts, Platt & Borstein Galleries, American Jewish University, Los Angeles CA
November 16–21, 2012, Hive-Zilla, Ganka Garou Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
October 11–November 29, 2012, Context, Columbia University-Bernard Kraft Center, New York NY
June 1–July 15, 2012, Text Messages, Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery, Long Beach CA
October 28 2009–April 30, 2010, Vista Santa Monica, Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica CA
August 14–December, 2009, Fresh Voices of Contemporary Jewish Artists, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles CA
2006 Makor/Source, UCLA Hillel/USC Hillel Galleries, Los Angeles CA
2005 Nature, Finegood Art Gallery, West Hills CA
2005–4 Too Jewish, Not Jewish Enough, Gotthelf Gallery, La Jolla CA; Bell Family Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2003 Featured Artist, Esquire Lounge at The Collective, New York NY
2001 Strata, Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles CA
1996 A Month of Sundays, Lois Neiter Fine Arts, Los Angeles CA
1994 Water Visions, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley CA

Bibliography
For selected reviews and features, see Press.
Elliot Wolfson, "Der Golem und der imaginäre Körper," Golem, Kerber Culture (publisher), Germany, 2016, pp. 44-45.

Commissions | Private Collections:
1993–present
Numerous site-specific sculptures and commissions for private collections. 

Residencies | Awards | Affiliations | Activities:
2015, The Arctic Circle expeditionary residency (autumn 2015), Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
2014, Winner ArtSlant 6th 2014 Showcase, Sculpture
1996–present: Associate Professor of Digital/Media Art, Los Angeles Harbor College, Department of Art
Co-creator and designer, A Field Guide to Household Bugs: It's a Jungle in Here (Plume, 2007)