Seeing Tom LaDuke’s debut titled Candles and Lasers at Kohn Gallery (the artist is a long time Los Angeles player. It’s his first appearance at this gallery on Highland) got me thinking. Have you ever wondered how big the Internet is? Strangely, in the realm where the livelihood of everything and everyone is the beast that is the quantifiable, qualifiable big data, the answer is extremely elusive. No one really knows. Supposedly it’s really, really big. And it keeps growing exponentially more monstrous every second. Damn you furry purry darling cat videos!
So then, what does this Internet look like? I’m not talking about the nifty infographics with fancy charts and pies and statistics. I’m asking, “What does it really look like?” Now I have a sense. LaDuke’s painted conglomerate megaton implosion of eclectic techniques and mashup forms is the Internet visualized.
Then the amusing piling of hallucinatory rainbow colors and mambo jumbos of concrete and fluid shapes follows. Each is executed with a great show of artisanship in myriads of styles (my friend Devon puts it succinctly, LaDuke’s got mad skills), which the artist dutifully commands. Gestural, expressive, wireframing, polygon rendering, realistic, and cartoonish, there’s no technique LaDuke won’t employ. The resulting hyper pumped, turbo charged narratives are positively FUBAR and entertaining.
Tom LaDuke’s Candles and Lasers are on view at Kohn Gallery until May 20, 2015. It’s a BOMB.
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