TANDEN LAUNDER

I would much rather have you read over my art; for I'm much better at creating emotion visually then I am with words. However for the fact that I can't easily give you context for how I gained my appreciation for the work. I will spell out a bit of my story and my love for the imagery of Americana. 

STORY: Being nostalgic, I never had a TV growing up, creativity was the lifeblood of my fun; I feel it was the end of a more wholesome age. Probably why a large group of my work is monochromatic with simple highlights but heavily visual. I built tree forts, slingshots, and floated log rafts down the river. I also drew a lot; I'd draw the designs for future cabin floor plans, robots vs. Godzilla, cowboys and everything in between. I got into business as a teenager, and went through the school of hard knocks fighting my way up the totem pole as a fledgling designer. Currently I run the menswear concept store Thrux Lawrence where we build old-school leather and canvas bags and operate a 1930s styled Barber Shop and have a very detailed retail experience. The whole concept is heritage Americana, which has had my attention for as long as I can remember. I love the guts, the glory, working hard, getting dirty, getting shit done, and get the "hell out of my way", part of fending for you self in the good ole USA. I have a similar resolve as I step forth as an artist, I'll crash, burn, get up (probably turn it into art) and keep going. 

INSPIRATION: I get inspired by eras long past, the building of New York skyscrapers, the roaring 20's, the rough and tough 1930's, the adventures of Mr. Roosevelt. I love the stories of vintage America. I love the juxtaposition of the hard work and the ridiculous glamour, I like that it melts together.  In some way as my mixed media pieces get mixed together I feel its appropriate as that how I truly feel these Americana stories are.

PROCESS: Each piece is an exploration through imagery as the layers mesh together. Process has me finding what mediums I can mix and what juxtaposition is just the right amount. Always seeking to add value piece by piece they take on an evolution of their own. I work with great speed and chaos and at others times its tedious and extremely detailed. Some pieces come together in simple form others take twenty different processes. This art is a mash up, use of all mediums, in random or exact order. A piece is finished when I feel it has creativity climaxed.  Its always intentional but the results can either end is disorder or in splendor. The good ones get a glossy coat of resin and the bad ones get ripped down to the frames to be given a second chance.

GOAL: I aim to create art that tells a story, pieces that grab your attention in bold imagery and slowly draw your intrigue as you pick up on snippets of detail. I want you to get the feeling that there’s always more to find in a piece.


IN THE STUDIO

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