tanya batura

Obversations at Long Beach City College Art Gallery

Posted on February 21, 2016


Lineage: Mentorship & Learning at AMOCA

Posted on February 21, 2016



Lineage: Mentorship & Learning highlights the impact and importance of the teacher/student relationship. This exhibition illustrates the thread connecting multiple generations of ceramic artists from Peter Voulkos to today’s students.

For decades there has been an impressive variety and strength in California’s colleges and universities ceramic programs. AMOCA invited 25 current educators from the state to participate in Lineage. In addition to inviting the educators to exhibit their own work in the show, we asked them to identify their most influential instructors or mentors and to nominate their most promising students or recent alumni. A panel then reviewed the nominations and selected the artists to include in the exhibition. The artwork in Lineage ranges from functional to sculptural with the artists exploring a wide range of forms, techniques and narratives.

AMOCA is proud to feature the work of the past, present, and future of ceramics and education.

Su Young Arnold                      Wayne Higby                          Rex Platero
Ralph Bacerra                           John W. Hopkins                    Ken Price
Brandon Bateman                    Stephen L. Horn                     Don Reitz
Tanya Batura                           Stanton Hunter                      Jeffrey Richards
Timothy Berg &                        Samuel Jernigan                    Jenny Rosen
Rebekah Myers                         Shane Keena                          Jerry Rothman
Luis Bermudez                         David Kiddie                           Adrian Saxe
Kelsey Bowen                           Jungmok Sona Lee                  Jay Schmidt              
Richard Burkett                       Sam Lopez                              Tiffany Schmierer
Johann Choi                             Lauren Ashley Lowrey              Nancy Selvin
Benjamin Cirgin                       Nathan Lynch                         Carly Slade
Patsy Cox                                 Pedro Magaña                         Paul Soldner
Patrick S. Crabb                       Tony Marsh                             Victor Spinski
Jessica Rae Crocker                  Timothy Martinez                    James Stewart
Val Cushing                              John Mason                            Vincent Suez
Audry Deal-McEver                   Jim Melchert                           Howard Tollefson
Rick Dillingham                         Robert Miller                           Elizabeth Torrance
Jeff Downing                             Gerardo Monterrubio              Monica Van Den Dool
Benjamin Joseph Dunmire         Joe Morales                            Peter Voukos
Camila Friedman-Gerlicz            Crystal Morey                         Evan Walker
Keiko Fukazawa                         Kevin Myers                           Andrea Williams
Forrest Gard                             Ron Nagle                              Mary Cale A. Wilson
Alina Hayes                               Rosa Novak                            John Wood II
Katherine Hermida                    Michael Peed                          Kelsey Zwarka

The Perfect Moment - Huffpost Arts & Culture

Posted on February 21, 2016



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Tanya Batura in venisonmagazine.com

Posted on February 21, 2016



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Recent shows

Posted on July 16, 2015

After Eve and Adam were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they were faced with the awareness of their bodies. Shame, transgression, the stigma from nakedness and an impulse to hide were introduced to their lives. The artists in AFTER EDEN each work with the body in various ways. They poke and prod at the trappings of our skin and our flesh, which are entangled in symbolism and our own associations and stories. How image is created, how the body is understood and received, how we use our own bodies and how we share in agency with others’ bodies are all questions considered.


The art presented departs from conventional portrayals of the human form and image. These works allude to the body in unfamiliar ways that are often intimate and complex. There is an undercurrent of what the body can symbolize in terms of identity, the self, one's psychology and how these change when associated with an other. Transgression and transcendence, the abject and the seductive, beauty and the grotesque are all intermingled — their borders confused and overlapping.


Please join us from 6 to 10 p.m. July 18 for the one-night reception and performances. Viewings are available by appointment July 20 to 24, 2015.


Contact Virginia Broersma at vbroersma@gmail.comor 562-477-4974 for more details.





WE MUST RISK DELIGHT: TANYA BATURA Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Arte 2015

Posted on April 26, 2015


Studio visit with photographer Ryan Van Der Hout 4/5/15

Posted on April 11, 2015




Head Space New Works by Tanya Batura and Brian Cooper

Posted on April 11, 2015


Please join us at JAUS for the closing reception of "Head Space" a two person exhibition featuring new sculptures by Tanya Batura, and new paintings and drawings by Brian Cooper.

Also, for the evening of the closing reception, Cooper will be performing live music as Earth Like Planets. www.earthlikeplanets.bandcamp.com/

Batura and Cooper were paired to exhibit together for multiple reasons. Upon first observation, one immediately notices that both demonstrate a high degree of craft, with a majority of their recent works adhering to a restrained, relatively monochromatic palette. In contrast to the somberness of their color schemes, the works present a subtle and wry humor of sensual forms that playfully allude to their inner thoughts and ruminations.

On a more conceptual level, the two artists diverge in that Cooper, with his most recent series “Empty Space Is Not Nothing”, draws inspiration from nature and science documentaries that describe space as a physical and malleable substance. Reminiscent of his earlier sculptures, he connects to more familiar objects like fleshy bodies, lumps of clay or upholstered cushions. Batura, on the other hand, views her giant ceramic heads as incorporeal objects that explore themes of death and the physicality of the human body. With her more recent sculptures, she finds inspiration from her childhood fascination with books and images relating to séances and the occult. She is focused on giving substance to the ectoplasmic manifestations that frightened her as a child.

In spite of these differences, what unites the recent work of Batura and Cooper most compellingly, is the fact that they strive to reach for and make sense of what most people would consider the “unknown”. They long to give thoroughly detailed form to imagined realms that lie beneath, behind or beyond our immediate surroundings. In this sense, there is perhaps a nod to Surrealism. Yet unlike their manifesto waving predecessors, the quirky, almost self-deprecating tone gives both of their work a fresh, sympathetic quality allowing for multiple readings that lie somewhere in the nether regions of childlike awe and self-conscious wit.