Floral Extruded Vent, 2015


Inlayed laminate on birch plywood, extruded aluminum hardware

19.50 x 50.00 x 2.50 in

49.5 x 127.0 x 6.3 cm

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This work is signed by the artist on verso.


About The Work

“Material culture evolves in an almost biological manner. Forms and shapes mutate and bifurcate into new hybrids. A shape once used in the façade of a concrete brutalist building is now simplified into generic décor for a light fixture in the food court of your local mall. These peculiar object histories and subsequent variations are catalogued in an increasingly dense archive online. JPGs become like fossils. Older, forgotten designs and objects synthesize to build a new material language.”

This specific series is a meditation on forms culled from this archive. Using both digital and analogue processes to harmonize and sublimate these formal findings, Ryan Lauderdale channels them into new mannerist forms. The results are handmade yet digitally derived “paintings” with more kinship to furniture than to the typical canvas and stretcher ancestry. Made from birch plywood, glass, aluminum, and intricately inlayed Formica, these works slip between object and image, evoking the aspirational material of the past to speculate on the future. 

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About Ryan Lauderdale

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