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Dan Grayber

Berkeley, CA 94710, U.S.A.
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With my sculpture I investigate the concept of inventions that are self-centered, or independent of outside force or influence.  The sculptures are mechanisms and systems that are invented only to hold themselves up; to compensate for the complications created by their own existence. They function as self-resolving problems. The piece alone represents the need and the resolution.

My sculptures exist in the area where physics and art coincide. It is possible to consider all of my work experiments with tension, friction, gravity, and the need to find equilibrium. At the same time, it is also possible to view the pieces as metaphors for human perseverance. Every piece represents a struggle in an attempt just to maintain position.




Maintenance (solo), Johansson Projects. Oakland, CA. 2016.

The Consilience of Art and Science, Pence Gallery. Davis, CA. 2016.

Formalities (2-person), Johansson Projects. Oakland. 2013.

The Way Things Work, Athen Institute for Contemporary Art. Athens, GA. 2011.

Humming Summit (2-person), Johansson Projects. Oakland. 2011.

Double Dip, Root Division. San Francisco. 2010.

Ruptures, 21 Grand. Oakland. 2010.

4oth Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition, Harold Johnson Library Gallery. Hampshire College. Amherst, MA. 2010.

Rooke Gallery Booth, Joburg Art Fair. Johannesburg, South Africa. 2010.

Mechanisms (Solo), Monarch Contemporary . Seattle. 2009.

Z-axis, LoBot Gallery. Oakland. 2009.

The 75th Crocker-Kingsley: California’s Biennial, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Sacremento. 2009.

Expanding, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. Stanford University. 2008.

Self - Resolving Problems (Solo). ArtEngine. Sanfrancisco. 2007-2008 (Nov. 30 - Jan. 26)

Paperwork, Hang Art annex. San Francisco. 2007.

Frankenstein Theory and Robotics, RX Gallery. San Francisco. 2006.

NeoPlural, Scion Installation LA. Los Angeles. 2006.

GenArt Emerge 2005, Warfield Building. San Francisco. 2005.

The Diorama Show, Mission 17.  San Francisco.  2005.

San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition, Herbst Pavilion. Fort Mason. 2005.

New Mechanisms (solo), Diego Rivera Gallery. San Francisco Art Institute. 2005.

Making Art:  The Notes of 16 Artists, Swell Gallery. San Francisco Art Institute. 2005.

By Any Means Un/Necessary, Mission 17.  San Francisco. 2004.

Continuing MFA show, Swell Gallery.  San Francisco Art Institute. 2004.

Off Site, Gallery K.  San Francisco Art Institute.  2004.

Gene Carnival, Swell Gallery.  San Francisco Art Institute.  2003.

Drawing Machines, RX Gallery.  San Francisco.  2003.

Graduate Open House, Swell Gallery.  San Francisco Art Institute.  2003.

Reconstruction (solo), Hampshire College Main Gallery, Amherst Mass. 1999.


M.F.A.  Sculpture.  San Francisco Art Institute.  San Francisco, CA. 2005.

B.A. Visual Art, with emphasis on sculpture.  Hampshire College.  Amherst, Mass. 1999.


London Internation Creative Competition (LICC). Honorable Mention. 2009.

Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Studio Award - Alternate.  Sausalito, CA.  2005.

Harold E. Weiner Memorial Award.  San Francisco, CA.  2005.


Cheng, Dewitt. "When Art is Art: Stasis and color theory explored in Johansson Projects exhibition". East Bay Monthly. July, 2016.

Burke, Sarah. "Art Pick: Maintenance + Gradient at Johansson Projects". East Bay Express. June 28, 2016.

Garcia, Mark. "Histories, Theories and Futures of the Details of Architecture." Architectural Design. July/August 2014.

Brownlee, John. "Suspended Machines Exist Only To Keep Themselves From Falling Down". Fast Company. July 8, 2014.

Burke, Sarah. "Visual Art Review: Dan Grayber's 'Formalities' at Johansson Projects". East Bay Express. October 30, 2013.

Rosen, Ariel. "Review: 'Formalities' Featuring Steuart Pittman and Dan Grayber at Johansson Projects, Oakland". SFAQ. October 23, 2013.

Ouellette, Jennifer. "Physics Week in Review: October 5, 2013". October 5, 2013.

Cush, Andy. "Beautiful, Useless Tools Suspended in Glass". ANIMAL. October 02, 2013.

VanHemert, Kyle. "Intricate Gizmos That Do Nothing but Hold Themselves Up". WIRED. October 01, 2013.

Kastrenakes, Jacob. "Intricate mechanical sculptures seem to float in mid-air". The Verge. August 19, 2013.

Manaugh, Geoff. "Tensioned Suspension". BLDGBLOG. August 15, 2013.

Normal, Nick. "Dan Grayber's Mechanisms are Autonomous Artworks". Make:. October 26, 2012.

Tvarijonas, Tomas. "There's so much wrong with this image". August 18, 2012.

Lynch, E.D.W. "The Curious Self-Serving Machines of Dan Grayber". Laughing Squid. October 1, 2012.

Vanhoose, Joe. "At ATHICA, whatever works". Athens Banner-Herald. May 19, 2011.

Barratt, Caroline. "The Way Things Work". Flagpole Magazine. April 27. 2011.

Hitselberger, Brian. "Machinery and mystery at ATHICA's The Way Things Work". April 22, 2011.

Cheng, DeWitt. "Peak Experiences at Johansson Projects". East Bay Express. February 23, 2011.

"Power Buddhisten. Objekte Von Dan Grayber, Jenseits Von Design und Kunst". Innovation February, 2011.

"Humming Summit: Alex Case and Dan Grayber". February 3, 2011.

VanHemert, Kyle. "The Beauty of Tension". January 28, 2011.

"Dan Grayber at Johansson Projects". January 28, 2011.

Manaugh, Geoff. "Machine Vitrine". BLDGBLOG. January 27, 2011.

Miller, Brian. “Visual Arts: Wall Climbers”. Seattle Weekly. November 11-18, 2009.

Baker, Kenneth. "Irons, hair dryers and artworks that are self-installing". San Francisco Chronicle. January 5, 2008.

Baker, Kenneth. "Nice surprises at this year's 'Emerge' show for new talent". San Francisco Chronicle. November 15, 2005.

Yin-Ju Chen, Artists Magazine, #362 July, 2005, Taiwan.

Hromack, Sarah.  “High Varnish”.  May 23, 2005.