Luke TauberLuke Tauberís artistic output has, for the last several years, closely reflected a short list of his personal obsessions. He continues to work on a series of projects about classical composers, the artistís deceased family members, and Western funeral practices.
Of particular interest to him are the composers Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. Tauber has extensively researched their lives, musical works and deaths and has begun to craft elaborate reconstructions of the composersí mausoleums and grave sites through watercolor and ink drawings, as well as painted cardboard sculptures. For the past several years, Tauber has been working on a life size model of Beethovenís body along with charts that contemplate what Beethoven might have had to eat and drink just before his death.
Deceased family members are often memorialized alongside the composers. Tauber was born in Germany in 1946, in a deportation camp. Having survived the Holocaust, his parents awaited their opportunity to immigrate to the United States. In a series of vibrant watercolors, Tauber has depicted the graves of his mother and father in the Evergreen cemetery in Arizona, as well as the grave of Beethoven in Vienna.
Tauber works in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, artist books, sound, digital photography, and video. He has just concluded one-man installations at the Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and at Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
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