Tabe’Story

Tabe’Story

Making music in two dimentions . . .

Making music in two dimentions . . .

Kenneth A. Taber was born in 1952, somewhere in Petosky, Michigan. Sometime in 1957 his mother took her two boys to somewhere in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There was no room for toys in their car, but Ken had a sketch book and crayons, and his brother loved to sing . . .

Ken has always held a fascination for distorted imagery, non-sequitor, jus’tapositionalisms, and syntactical nomenclature, as they apply to arts, language, religion/politics, strung out chaos theorems, (and all of the somewheres they imply). One might correctly assume that he has always been easily entertained, which is as true as the fact that he has Never spent even one moment of his life in boredom. So, while he finds special amusement in all the third-person autobiography found in other Artist’s Statements, this is all of it that he is inclined to indulge within his own.

I spent my teenage summers sanding between the layers of paint and varnish that were my stepfather’s yacht finishing business. In school, ninth grade woodshop gave me the basic skill set and tool respect for what would later become a successful career in custom woodwork.  As a senior at Stranahan High School, classes in drawing and graphic arts honed my natural artistic inclinations, and after my graduation in 1970,  were followed by a 12 week vocational class in commercial art.

From 1970 – ’80 I took art related jobs and contract work in textile, sign, and mural painting, along with silk-screen design and printing, before taking more dependably sustaining work as an apprentice ship’s carpenter for two years, (’78-’80). I relocated to Boynton Beach in 1980, where I found an opportunity to combine my talent for artistry with an ever-expanding set of woodworking skills.

Carving a Coat of Arms 1995

1995 – Carving a Coat of Arms

For the next 28 years I made my living in nautical and architectural design, carving, turning, sculpture, joinery, cabinetry, inlay, and antique restoration, while adding marquetry to my list of specialties in 1993. (Please see my Blog Post titled, “My Entry Into Marquetry”, for further details on this portion of my career).

2008 brought major changes, with devastating effects to many businesses,  including my own, and my full time job as well. Prodigiously massed savings and good credit provided the funding to dive full-time into my artwork, and after cutting up one of my large watercolor efforts and converting it to marquetry, I suddenly realized a satisfaction unique among all my previous endeavors: I was no longer the guy who built the furniture, I was about to become the artist whose work was hanging over it. I sold a few originals at small local shows, continuing to survive through sales of my tiger maple fish-lures, and antique repair & restoration projects; but It wasn’t enough to sustain my Florida lifestyle, and in December 2009 I sold everything non-essential to making marquetry, and moved to Minocqua, Wisconsin, where I was to find a whole new world of inspirations, ccchallenges, icy injuries, and enthusiastic support . . .

Dec.2009 – Nov.2013 > Lakeland Art League; Snow shoveling; apartment maintenance; care-giving; And, an accumulation of Awards for and $ales of my ART !!!

2011- Peoples Choice, Arbor Vitae- 1st Place Mixed media for my original marquetry titled  Experiencing Architectural Difficulties

"Violuptua" 18x24in. $850.

“Violuptua”

2012- Award of Merit -Wisconsin Regional Artist’s Association for my original mixed-media-marquetry titled  Violuptua . . .

2013- Third Place- Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Art Walk, booth award in the Handmade Woodwork category – (First & Second Place went to a couple of great sculptors ) . . .

2013- Honorable Mention- Campanille Center Art Show – for my Mixed-media marquetry title Rainbow Trout Stringer . . .

"Gold Harbor" Private Collection

“Gold Harbor”

2013- Howard Young Spring/Summer Show – Best of Show – for my mixed-media painting titled Gold Harbor . . .

2013- Howard Young Gallery Fall Show – Best of Show – for my mixed-media painting titled Autumn Gold . . .

. . . and then my Genie asked if we could visit the tropic Florida of my youth, which led us back down to here and now, with the Love of our two well behaved dogs, and I’m again exploring new ideas, music, and beaches, and making work that asks,

Where/What/How?,  IS THAT“?

It is all stuff I found somewhere between Picasso and Escher, and sometimes between the rivers and beaches from Lake Michigan to the Atlantic, and it’s all meant to live with other people who wander far enough to wonder   . . .


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