Culver City Station
Unknowable Origins by Tom LaDuke
Softly rendered painterly views of Culver City as seen from surrounding hillside viewpoints frame the entry to the station. Abstracted faces of historic, political and entertainment industry notables that have shaped Culver City appear in each of the art panels. On gateway arch art panels, the faces shapes float across the length of the landscape, their placement determined by the notes of a musical score, composed by the artist while riding the train. On seating module art panels, the shapes expand outwards like rings on a tree, their outlines encircling icons reminiscent of the city seal.
“A kind of landscape is created that, coupled with the passage of time, mirrors my impressions of moving from one platform to the next. My hope is that this will be perceived by Metro riders as ‘all of us made this’ and less about celebrity recognition.”
About the Artist
TOM LADUKE has exhibited widely at venues that include the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Orange County Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside. His work is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Portland Art Museum; The Speed Art Museum; Orange County Museum of Art; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Luckman Gallery, Cal State Los Angeles. Tom LaDuke is represented by Angles Gallery in Santa Monica.