Jeff Laird                                    SCULPTURE | PHOTOGRAPHY | PAINTING
                                                                                           Rorschachian Icons of Painted-Over Graffiti

 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

RIGHT BRAIN GALLERY
3100 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 | Exhibition Extended
Open Tue - Sat 11 - 5, and by appointment.  505-816-0214

   The Perforated Triangles

                                      NFL Pink  (400 S. Guadalupe, SF),                                        French's Mustard Yellow (200 4th SW, ABQ),
                       49" H, powder coated aluminum                                              49"H, powder coated aluminum

     Origins of The Perforated Triangles


 John Chamberlain             Frank Stella                      Jeff Laird                           Donald Judd                  Ellsworth Kelly

The Perforated Triangles are recycled perforated aluminum designed as a flexible component system of
powder coated aluminum pieces bolted together with stainless steel fasteners.  They are a synthesis of the
works of four great masters of Modern Art - Donald Judd and John Chamberlain, with a dash of Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella.

Light rays bounce off the repetitious perforations producing a unique, solid pixilation, while over-lapping
perforations create fascinating moire patterns.  Cutout Rorschachian irregular forms, one positive, one
negative, commandingly contrast the anonymous perforations.  The quirky straight lines, carrying the DNA
from the original fabrication, encourage contemplation of their own perceptual ambiguity.

The design allows for maximum flexiblitly - individual sculptures may be hung horizontally, vertically, or
canted (shown above).  Sculptures may be displayed individually, or combined in a variety of ways to
create both wall and floor installations, as well as outside combinations.  They can be combined as dual
"combos", multi-sculpture "fences", or "stacked" (a Juddian term) horizontally.  Plans are underway to
create the world's largest sculpture of Perforated Triangles for the Hudson Yards development in NYC.

The colors of the first suite of four sculptures comment on several contemporary societal phenomena -
NFL Pink, OSHA Orange, French's Mustard Yellow and Green Truquoise.

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Chumani Gallery
2839 NM #14, Madrid, NM | Exhibition Extended | Open Daily 9 to 5 | 505-424-3813

   CHARIOTS - The Wind Machine Fleet

                            
               
Wind Blocker  76" H              Wind Catcher 72" H                     Wind Evader  82" H
                 oxidized steel                                 oxidized steel                              oxidized steel

     

       Chariots and Other Chassis
        in Modern Art

                     The Chariot, Alberto Giacometti,      Voltri VII, National Gallery, Wash., DC (top)     Lipstick on Caterpillar, Claes Oldenberg,
    1950, Museum of Modern Art, NY.   Voltri VI, Nasher Sculpture Ctr, Dallas, 1962    1969-74, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
                                                          David Smith.
                                                          

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     The Avianic Structural Steel Series 

      

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Jeff Laird has been photographing the irregular forms and bleeding colors of painted-over graffiti for over a quarter century throughout the US, including Chicago, Phoenix, Austin, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and points in between.  He has created what is reported to be the world's largest collection of images of painted-over graffiti while unearthing the subliminal forces at work. 

In the process, he has discovered the true meaning of irregular forms in the history of art, from the creation of ancient sculpture to contemporary abstract art.  These subconsciously created irregular forms occupy the same cognitive edge of abstraction as much of the Impressionist's work, best exemplified by Monet's hazy trees in his River Seine series.

Laird's images possess a direct lineage to the Bauhaus aesthetic and the Institute of Design, Chicago tradition of photographic perceptual ambiguity.  They are reminiscent of the fantastical irregular forms of Jean Dubuffet, the tight cropping and bold iconic forms of Ellsworth Kelly, and the fields of bleeding colors of Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. 

He has created steel sculptures of the irregular forms as trophies that pay tribute to the conscientious citizens who, every day, paint over graffiti for the good of mankind.  The sculptures express the strength of pure form, flatness and edge, recalling the reductive work of both Giacometti and Donald Judd. The Outline sculptures are the cut outs from the irregular forms, vertically halved, then slid to the center.  The Derivative sculptures, frequently anthropomorphic, consist of the reassembling of the scrap produced by the cut-outs.

His minimalist paintings record the physical attributes of painting over graffiti and the minimalization of fields of over-painting.  The paintings express layers of surface, as well as the pure flatness of the picture plane.  Like the painted-over graffiti, these paintings are produced with common household colors, which record the societal whims of the times.