“A master illusionist, Jeffery Laudenslager tricks our minds with ever-changing geometries:even his static sculptures appear animated. Relying on unexpected principles of geometry, his works in stainless steel and/or titanium are captivating, yet contemplative.
Laudenslager’s elegant kinetic sculptures are often compared to work by the late George Rickey. Rickey was fascinated with the subliminal tension that mounts as one moving element nearly misses another. He once commented, “These narrow escapes provide a sculptural equivalent to the tension suggested in painting…such as the hands of Adam and God on the Sistine ceiling.”
Jeffery Laudenslager has taken these dramatic moments of perceived danger to an extreme, and he eloquently expresses the predicament of nearly colliding elements in his elegant work. The tension is enhanced by the speed made possible by his use of extremely light-weight and resilient titanium.
The movement of his kinetic works, which often juxtapose arcs with rectilinear shapes, is more unpredictable than that created by Rickey’s majestic pieces. The widely varying speed at which the sculptures’ elements respond to the wind always surprises, while their mesmerizing grace delights. But finally, it is the long, sweet release into graceful recovery that is Laudenslager’s sublime signature.
In 1999, Laudenslager’s 34-foot high kinetic sculpture Archimage, commissioned for the Torrey Reserve complex in Del Mar, CA, received the coveted Orchid Award in the Fine Arts category. This prize has highlighted the best in architecture, design, and fine art in the San Diego area for the last twenty-four years.
Laudenslager’s sculptures can be found in corporate and public collections throughout the USA and in private collections in the USA, England, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, and South Korea. “1
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