Ken Landauer


King, 2007
Mattress, sheets, pillows, plexiglass and aluminum
84" x 94" x 84"

On View: June 2008 - June 2009


King by Ken Landauer is a piece that evokes interpretations ranging from bed-time and romance to story-book fantasies and funerals. Originally commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, this piece is complete with a king-sized mattress, linens by Patresi, and a ventilation system that preserves the bedding which remains pristine and smooth despite the goings on outside.


Landauer's sculptures often play with scale and usability. He recreates mundane forms like tables, ladders, and nightstands only to increase the scale. These works are playful and crafted with such mastery that there is almost nothing amiss- besides the size. King is an object that is displaced; a private object of the home that has been inserted under glass and rendered unusable for public display. Whether the viewer wants to move the glass and sit themselves on the bed or keep it preserved under glass, like that of a protected item in an historic museum, there are many ways one can enjoy this work.


Ken Landauer attended Colgate University and received his BA, and subsequently his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He also participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His work has been commissioned by the Public Art Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, and more. He has exhibited in several solo shows since 1990 throughout the United States, including at the Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ), Roger Williams Park (Providence, RI), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY) and many more. He has participated in a multitude of group exhibitions at institutions including the Bronx River Art Center (Bronx, NY), Mason Gross Gallery (New Brunswick, NJ), and Gallery One (Providence, RI), plus many more. Ken Landauer lives and works in Stone Ridge, NY.


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