I often see beauty in the everyday things, cracked weathered paint on an old door, a flattened beer can lying in the street, and the simple perfection of a discarded bottle cap.
I have found inspiration in many things, including folk and outsider art, grottos and sculptural environments, and Burmese temples. I am drawn to forms that I would describe as obsessive, accumulative, whimsical, and overly ornamental.
My bottle cap furniture came as a result of much time and invention and a strong desire to transform my existing conventional furniture into a new, fantastic sculptural form. With the help of a local bar, I have recycled thousands of bottle caps into very unique works; my personal expression as a celebration of life.
Rick Ladd's sculptural furniture has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout out the United States, including the Alternative Museum and the American Primitive Gallery in New York City. His work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and House and Garden. He received a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute.
Star Convex Mirror and Vertical Mirror (132K)
Chair and Green Mirror (89K)
Dresser Table and Chair (167K)
"The All Seeing Eye" (78K)