Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Dad-N-Lad’, 2015, Saint Louis Art Museum

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.

Scouts or Sports? Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri. 2015. Curator Simon Kelley

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