Bob Dornberger

bobdornberger@gmail.com
www.bobdornberger.com
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Biography

Bob Dornberger (b. 1975 Erie, PA) is a sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.  He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  His sculptural works are often activated by the act of making or sharing food, such as Full Moon Ramen, an underground secret restaurant deep in the desert that invited diners to eat noodles under a full moon.  As the Objects Workshop leader at the design and architecture firm, wHY, he designs exhibitions, furniture and decorative objects.

Education

1997 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Presidential Scholarship)

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 Spaceness, Curated by Alison Jean Cole, Julia Barbee and Matt Barbee, Seaview WA, February 24-25, 2017
2017 Note to self, Curated by Bettina Hubby, Elephant Art Space Feb. 4 2017
2017 A kind of mayor, GAIT LA, Los Angeles, January 15, 2017
2016 Curate Joshua Tree Presents: Surveying The Land, October 22, 2016 – March 18, 2017
2016 Snorkel Dreams, Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA October, 2016
2016 LA CURRENT: Water Public Art Biennial, Public Programs, Los Angeles, CA, July-August, 2016
2016 Jonald Dudd House Party, The Parlour Bushwick Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, June 2016
2016 Solarc Pilot Series, Secret Restaurant: Automated Taco Machine, Highland Park, CA May 12, 2016
2016 Spaceness, Curated by Alison Jean Cole, Julia Barbee and Matt Barbee, Seaview WA, February 19-21, 2016
2015 Wildflower Sound Cannon, with Adrienne Adar, High Desert Test Sites, November 2015
2015 EAT IT: Film Night, 428 Collective, Healdsburg, CA June 11, 2015
2015 Joshua Treenial, Site-Responsive Art and Performance in the Hi Desert, BOXO House, Joshua Tree, CA
2015 Jonald Dudd, City Bird Gallery, New York, NY, May 15-17, 2015
2015 Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, May 2, 2015
2015 Off-Road Expo, High Desert Test Sites+Machine Project, Undisclosed Location, March 28-29, 2015
2014 Dumb Taco Bell, Pomona College Studio Art Hall Opening Ceremonies, Claremont, CA
2014 Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House, AxS Curiosity Festival, The Gamble House, Pasadena, CA (Curated by Mark Allen)(catalogue)
2014 Get on the Train, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2014 Thanks for the Mammaries, For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013 High Desert Test Sites 2013, Joshua Tree, CA (catalogue)

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Full Moon Ramen, High Desert Test Sites, Wonder Valley, CA

Awards/Grants/Fellowships

2014 Art Herradura Barrel Art Program, Third Place Award, Los Angeles, CA

Bibliography

Gamble House

A Secret Restaurant Hatches Outside the Iconic Gamble House in Pasadena, Marissa Gluck, New York Times T Magazine
Secret Restaurant by Bob Dornberger Artist Encourages Diners to Eat not Shoot, Will Georgl, Frame Magazine
FAST FOOD: SECRET RESTAURANT WHERE FOOD MUST BE EATEN BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS, Alex Jordan, Seed Magazine
Machine Project Takes Over the Gamble House, Maxwell Williams, Artbound KCET.org
Machine Project and Gamble House Continue the Trend of Artists Taking Over Historic Homes, Catherine Wagley, Public Spectacle, LA Weekly
Machine Project’s art treasure hunt at the Gamble House, Carolina A. Miranda, LA Times

Full Moon Ramen

Full Moon Ramen: Traveling 4,000 Miles to Eat a Bowl of Noodles in the Middle of Nowhere, Perrin Drum, Mold
Full Moon Ramen
, Michelle Hedgecock
Full Moon Ramen at Secret Restaurant, Sarah Scheideman, The Coachella Valley Art Scene
Slurp ‘Secret’ Ramen under the full moon, Lynn Lieu, The Desert Sun
Itinerary | Joshua Tree’s Artful Excursions, New York Times T Magazine

Secret Restaurant (High Desert Test Sites 2013)

High Desert Test Sites, a Diary, Huffington Post
If You’ve Ever Wanted to Take an Art Road Trip Through the Desert, Do It This Week, Marissa Gluck, LA Weekly
High Desert Test Sites 2013, Scarlet Cheng, Artillery
High Desert Test Sites: Free Range Art in Joshua Tree, Kim Stringfellow, KCET.org
High Desert Test Sites hits the road, Matthew Irwin

Lectures and Presentations

2016 ‘But is it Edible?’ Foraging Workshops with Professional Wildcrafters, Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, July-August 2016
2015 Native Seed Bomb Workshop,  Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA November 21-22
2015 Building Bridges with Park Studio, wHY Architecture, Culver City CA, April 2.
2015 Assemblage Sculpture Workshop, Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA March 21-22
2015 “Making Miso at Home, Letting Mold Do the Work,” Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA, March 1.
2011 “Welding for Architects,” wHY Architecture, Alhambra, CA, November 15.

Volunteer Work

2012–15 Art Installation Volunteer, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA
2013 Art Installation, Emilie Halpern, Shoka, Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 Affiliations

American Association of Museums
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL)