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Unknowable Origins

This is one of eight art panels created by artist Tom Laduke for Culver City Station

Project Description

Softly rendered painterly views of Culver City as seen from surrounding hillside viewpoints frame the entry to the station. Abstracted faces shapes of Culver City historic, political and entertainment industry notables appear in each of the art panels. On gateway arch art panels, the face 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 from the city's seal.

Artist Statement

“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 at the 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 at Cal State Los Angeles. Tom LaDuke is represented by Angles Gallery in Culver City.