The fireworks display in Tom LaDuke’s “Before Before” is based on a family photograph from the artist’s childhood in the 1970s, and his own (green) head appears in an oblique double profile above the central explosive. The frame of a swingset evokes his recollection of a youthful romantic crush.
The event: Art patrons converged on the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles on Friday to check out “Candles and Lasers,” artist Tom LaDuke’s solo exhibition at the sleek 12,000-square-foot venue. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet supper followed at Jones Hollywood.
When Tom LaDuke recounts his artistic process, it can be a challenge to keep up. The L.A.-based painter and sculptor’s thoughts are a rapid-fire game of connect the dots that catapults from the depths of art history to personal memories to various degrees of existentialism.