Tauba Auerbach (born 1981, San Francisco, California) is a visual artist working across many disciplines including painting, artists’ books, photography, and sculpture. Her work “operates in the gap between conceptual art, abstraction and graphic art”. She lives and works in New York.
Auerbach grew up in San Francisco as the daughter of theater designers and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Visual Art in 2003. She apprenticed and worked as a sign painter at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco from 2002–2005.
Auerbach draws much of her inspiration from math and physics. “Engaging a variety of media, ranging from painting and photography to book design and musical performance, Auerbach explores the limits of our structures and systems of logic (linguistic, mathematical, spatial) and the points at which they break down and open up onto new visual and poetic possibilities”.
In her first solo exhibition, How To Spell The Alphabet, at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (2005), Auerbach showed a series of text-based drawings that explored various linguistic systems including calligraphy, Morse code, semaphore signals, the Ugaritic alphabet and Alexander Melville Bell’s visible speech. During the course of her time working as a sign painter, her focus shifted from the formal to the structural aspects of language.
Auerbach’s recent work focuses on rotational symmetry, gesture, architecture, and theories about higher-dimensional space.