Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Shadow Tower’, 2002, Mingei International Museum

Shadow tower is about containment. It unites the interior objects into a cohesive, comprehensible whole. The tower is a dark presence in the space, a shadow of our process. The closed butterfly box is a cocoon for the interior objects. The crisp silhouette appears solid, but the zippered top invites you to activate the object. The opening of the butterfly box is rooted in a gesture of the circling of the arms, an opening of the heart. The opening reveals the object's environment. This object is rooted in the human form. The pleated structure is based on the gestural movements of the hand.

Steven and William Ladd, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri. September 4th-November 2014. Curator Michael Baxley.

Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.

Shadow Tower. Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City; 2007; Curator Anne Pearce

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