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Reuben Heyday Margolin
(510) 420-1244

Instagram: @reubenmargolin

Venta Micena, Spain 2003
Venta Micena, Spain 2003

Current Installations

Contours – Lyrical Partners, New York City, New York
River Loom – Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts
Cambrian Wave – Index Ventures, San Francisco
Balance – Belasting & Douane Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Helix Wave – Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, Arkansas
Nimbus – Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Nebula – Hilton Anatole, Dallas Texas
Magic Wave – Technorama – the Swiss Science Center
Tule Wave – David Brower Center, Berkeley, California
Hexagonal Wave – The Putnam, Davenport, Iowa
Copper Square Wave – Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
Yellow Spiral Wave – Meyer Sound, Berkeley, California
Soda Fountain – Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Talks and Documentaries

WisdomVR virtual reality footage from my shop available on Oculus.
MakeTV documentary showing the shop and making the Yellow Wiggle.
Poptech talk with autobiographical material.
TED talk with lots of wave video.
Wired documentary about making the Nebula.

Shows and Commissions

Dec 2023 Pentagonal Wave at the Industrial Art Show, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Oct 2023 Caterpillar with Chariot at Maker Faire, Vallejo, California
Summer 2022 Yellow Wiggle at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
Mar 2022 Caterpillar with Chariot at Hormiguero, Madrid, Spain
June 2018 Caterpillar with Chariot.
Jan 2017 Dandelion Wave.
Nov 2016 Contours created for Lyrical Partners.
Feb 2016 River Loom commissioned by the Boston Museum of Science.
April 2015 Helio Curve created for Hyundai Motor Company.
May 2013 Round Wave – installed at Phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany.
Nov 2012 Cambrian Wave – installed at Index Ventures, San Francisco, California.
May 2012 Balance – installed at Belasting & Douane Museum.
Dec 2011 Nimbus – installed at Latin School of Chicago.
Sept 2011 Helix Wave – installed at Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, AR
Feb 2011 Connected – a collaboration with Gideon Obarzanek and Chunky Move.
Oct 2010 The Tule Wave installed at the David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA.
Oct 2010 The Yellow Spiral installed at Meyer Sound, Berkeley, CA
Oct 2010 The Pentagonal and Yellow Wiggle at the Sonoma County Museum.
Sept 2010 The Nebula installed at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas TX.
July 2010 The Soda Fountain installed at JPL, Pasadena, CA.
Aug 2009 The Spiral Wave at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery.
June 2009 The Yellow Wiggle at 101 California St. San Francisco, CA
May 2009 The Soda Bottle Wave at the Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA.
April 2009 The Round Wave at the Device Gallery, San Diego, CA.
Mar 2009 The Yellow Wiggle and the Pentagonal Wave at the Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
Dec 2008 The Yellow Wiggle and The Pentagonal Wave at the Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Nov 2008 Opening for the Magic Wave: a permanent installation commissioned by Technorama – The Swiss Science Center.
Oct 2008 The Pentagonal Wave at Kinetica, London.
Sept 2008 The Round Wave in a group show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA.
April 2008 The Redwood Wave and Yellow Rings at the Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA.
April 2008 The Hexagonal Wave in the Rotunda of Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA. On-going installation.
Jan 2008 The Hexagonal Wave over the New Century Chamber Orchestra, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2007 – 2008 The suspended version of the Copper Square Wave over the entry of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA. Now a permanent installation!
Oct 2007 The Table Top Wave at the 21st Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, Emeryville, CA
Oct 2007 Collaborated with REBAR on the Parkcycle, San Francisco, CA.
Sept 2007 Collaborated on the VeloDisco, Burning Man, NV.
April 2007 Commissioned to make 70 Table Top Waves for the Exploratorium’s 30th annual awards dinner, San Francisco, CA.
Oct 2006 thru
Feb 2007
Free-Standing Wave & Round Wave Exhibited at San Francisco’s Exploratorium.
Oct 2006 20th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition – The Hexagonal Wave Model displayed, Emeryville, California
Dec 2005 Studio opening for The Spiral Wave, Emeryville, California
Oct 2005 19th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition – The Round Wave displayed, Emeryville, California
July 2005 Studio opening for The Round Wave, Emeryville, California
Jan 2005 Studio opening for The Square Wave, Emeryville, California
June 2003 Three-month group show of sculpture at the Bedford Gallery, Walnut
Creek, California
Jan 2003 Three-month show of Paintings from Scotland at The Temescal Café,
Oakland, California
July 2002 Group show of sculpture at the Derek Ellen Gallery, New York, New York
June 2002 Four-month window display entitled “Ten Years of Mechanical Oddities”
featuring the Basmati, at G&G Hardware, Oakland, California
Dec 2001 Excerpts from the “Traveling Commons” published in the winter
issue of Whole Earth Review
Aug 2001 Group show of sculpture at 333 Capp St., San Francisco, California
Apr 2001 Co-teaching of a workshop on building pedal-powered washing
machines, during the DIY Skill-Share, Berkeley, California
Mar 2001 Demonstration of Caterpillars, Chabot Space and Science Center,
Oakland, California
Feb 2001 Showing of Mechanical Butterflies at the Kalaghoda Art Festival
and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, India
Jan 2001 Showing of Mechanical Butterflies at National Institute of Design,
and the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India
Oct 2000 Demonstration of Caterpillars at the San Jose Tech Museum, California
July 2000 Private showing of The Elegant Chenille at the Headless Studios, San
Francisco, California
July 2000 Private showing of Caterpillars and related art, Oakland, California
Feb 2000 Guest lecturer on mechanical caterpillars at the Parsons School of Design, New York, New York
Nov 1999 8′ x 10′ commissioned mural, Geology Department, University of
Florida in Gainesville
Sept 1999 Private showing of paintings and The Wooden Oruga at Orchardton
House, Scotland
Oct 1998 Private showing of drawings and paintings, including pastels from
Mexico, in Berkeley, California
1997 Blank’s 1997 Wild Wheels calendar and Art Cars: the Cars, the Artists,
the Obsessions, the Craft, published in 2002
1994 Showing of The Traveling Commons from California to Texas;
participation in Houston’s Art Car Ball, and inclusion in Harrod
May 1993 Group show of sculpture at Harvard’s Carpenter Center of the Arts


Jan – May 1998 Monumental painting at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, Russia
May 1996 – Dec 1997 Classical drawing and painting at the Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy
June 1993 BA in English from Harvard University
June 1988 Graduation, Berkeley High School
1976 – 1980 Student, Berkeley Child Art Studio

Residencies, Internships and Grants

Summer 2002 & 2003 Artist residency at The Tartaja Cave, Venta Micena, Spain
Nov 2000 – Feb 2001 Artist residency at Kanoria Centre for the Arts, Ahmadabad, India
Feb – Oct 1999 Artist residency at Orchardton House, Castle Douglas, Scotland
1993 – 1994 Grant from the Institute of Natural and Cultural Resources to build a traveling round table and produce an accompanying newsletter

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