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Adam Labe

Adam Labe
Manager of Facilities and Safety

Contact Info
adamlabe@nmsu.edu
575-646-5329
Devasthali Hall P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572 Las Cruces, NM 88003

Expertise: sculpture, artist, object maker, fine art, industrial design, safety, facilities management

Biography

About

As an object maker I continue to explore the relationship between craft, fine art, and industrial design. I have always been fascinated with the geometry, construction and function of anonymous industrial architecture, such as storage tanks, cooling towers, blast furnaces and silos. These utilitarian and sculptural objects are of particular interest to me based largely on their abstract aesthetic significance and the formal language they present as “things of use”. While my primary interest is sculptural, not utilitarian, my creative endeavors align themselves with functionalism, the philosophy that form should be adapted to use, material and structure.

Work

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Platen
Birch Plywood, 5′ dia. X 6″ wide, 2013

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Platen
Birch Plywood, 5′ dia. X 6″ wide, 2013

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Platen
Birch Plywood, 5′ dia. X 6″ wide, 2013

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Beam
Douglas Fir Plywood, 28″ L. x 7″ w. x 10″ h., 2009

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Truss
Douglas Fir Plywood, 12.5″ x 20″ x 9″, 2009

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Truss
Detail

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Radiator
Cast Iron and Cast Aluminum, 13″ dia. X 16″ h., 2007

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Stack
Wax and rubber, 8″ dia. X 38″ h., 2007

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Mama Bowl
Cast Iron with patina, 8″ dia. X 6″ h., 2006

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Papa Bowl
Cast Iron with patina, 7′ dia. X 7″ h., 2006

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Common Vertex
Cast iron with patina, 9″ dia. X 14″ L., 2007
(view a)

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Common Vertex
Cast iron with patina, 9″ dia. X 14″ L., 2007
(view B)

EDUCATION

2000 MFA in Sculpture, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

1989 BFA in Ceramics, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1984-1986 Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, Rochester, New York

1983-1984 Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, Northern Galilee, Israel

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2009 – present Manager of Facilities & Safety, Department of Art, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2007- 2009 Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

2002-2007 Foundry Instructor/Facilities Coordinator, Arts/Industry, a residency program for visual artists. Administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

2001-2002 Instructional Support Associate, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York.

2000-2001 Technical Staff, Metal Chasing and Structures Department, Johnson Atelier and School of Sculpture, Mercerville, New Jersey.

1999-2000 Instructor of Record: 3-Dimensional Design, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

1997-2000 Sculpture Facility Technician/ Art Department Technician New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

1993-1997 Sculpture Facility Manager, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1989-1991 Artist-in-Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.