A performance by Ryan Lauderdale
Saturday, December 12, 7-9 pm
Creative Research Laboratory
As a child in rural Oklahoma, life consisted of very little in the form of cultural stimuli. Outside of school, evangelism and music were the basic modes of escape and identification with each offering different paths to an extremely elusive freedom. These two worlds became increasingly at odds with one another as I grew into adolescence, one provided a source of rebellion and the other repentance for such offenses. The memories of this youth, with its real and fabricated cultural masks, serve as the basis for my studio practice. Through video, sculpture, drawing, and performance my aim has been to excavate a cross-section of my own personal identity crisis. The 1990s saw a myriad of watered-down youth-culture personalities and uniforms parade across the screens of MTV and pages of Rolling Stone, each becoming fully manifest in the hallways of suburban high schools. For myself, being separated by country life, these uniforms were a distant fascination. Always being the poseur, I used them as a way to reinvent and identify myself every 6 months, making each semester of high school akin to a department-store fitting room. Never finding the right look, my memories are now littered with each attempt at rebellion and self identification.
— Ryan Lauderdale
Reinventing himself in the style of the 1990s personality Lenny Kravitz, Lauderdale will use video, sculpture and performance to merge narratives of the not-too-distant past into one night of storytelling.