STEVEN & WILLIAM LADD
New York-based artists and brothers Steven and William Ladd have dedicated the past thirteen years to collaborating on hand sewn boxes containing meticulously constructed environments related to their shared memories. Their values- spend your life doing what you love, be focused and disciplined, collaborate- are embedded in their work, and indeed, in their lives. When closed and stacked, the boxes become sculptural Towers: majestic works of art at rest until the Towers are dismantled and contents revealed. It is often through a rhythmic and choreographed performance that the brothers open the boxes and arrange them in their landscape formations. Steven and William’s works are in the permanent collections of several museums, including: The Corning Museum of Glass, The Contemporary Museum Hawaii, and the Decorative Arts Museum at the Louvre; and, in the private collections of arts patrons Beth Rudin DeWoody, Shelley and Philip Aarons, and John Studzinski.