Steven and William Ladd, Ant Infestation, 2009. Archival board, fiber, beads, and metal, 54.75 x 36.5 x 16 in.

Steven and William Ladd


The Contemporary Museum

Think “box” and what comes to mind might be Joseph Cornell’s lyrical mise-en-scène, Donald Judd’s obdurate rows and stacks, or a singular work like Eva Hesse’s Accession II—its lush austerity signaling, among other things, a finely tuned balance between industrial materials and hand labor. The work of Steven and William Ladd, New York-based brothers and creative partners, is part of that diverse lineage, intimately fusing the container and the contained, form and content. The works in their first museum exhibition, “Steven and William Ladd: 9769 Radio Drive,” are the product of an intense fraternal symbiosis that comes at art-making sideways (via the world of costume design, fashion shows, and one-of-a-kind luxury accessories) and brings to it an eclecticism of material and process, much of it fiber- and textile-based.…see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.