Makers’ Mark: The 2014 MAD Biennial Opens its Doors to New York’s Top Creatives
From the artists: The largest and most intricate work in the exhibition is the installation Dad-N-Lad, which combines both sculpture and performance. It begins as a tower of hand-sewn boxes that the brothers solemnly unpack and place on the floor in the center of the gallery. The boxes contain a grid of miniature paper tents that are opened to reveal magical underground landscapes; these are inhabited by ants and decorated with glass beads to suggest twinkling, underground caves. A diminutive take on the landscape of Missouri, often called the 'cave state', the work recalls the brothers’ early experiences camping with their father and their Cub Scout troop.
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Scouts or Sports? Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri. 2015. Curator Simon Kelley
About Steven and William Ladd
American, based in New York, New York