A master kinetic illusionist, Jeffery Laudenslager tricks our minds with ever-changing geometries: even his static sculptures appear animated. Relying on unexpected principles of geometry, his works in stainless steel and/or titanium are captivating, yet contemplative.

Laudenslager’s elegant kinetic sculptures are often compared to work by the late George Rickey. Rickey was fascinated with the subliminal tension that mounts as one moving element nearly misses another. He once commented, “These narrow escapes provide a sculptural equivalent to the tension suggested in painting...such as the hands of Adam and God on the Sistine ceiling.”

Jeffery Laudenslager has taken these dramatic moments of perceived danger to an extreme, and he eloquently expresses the predicament of nearly colliding elements in his elegant work. The tension is enhanced by the speed made possible by his use of extremely light-weight and resilient titanium.

The movement of his kinetic works, which often juxtapose arcs with rectilinear shapes, is more unpredictable than that created by Rickey's majestic pieces. The widely varying speed at which the sculptures' elements respond to the wind always surprises, while their mesmerizing grace delights. But finally, it is the long, sweet release into graceful recovery that is Laudenslager’s sublime signature.

In 1999, Laudenslager's 34-foot high kinetic sculpture Archimage, commissioned for the Torrey Reserve complex in Del Mar, CA, received the coveted Orchid Award in the Fine Arts category. This prize has highlighted the best in architecture, design, and fine art in the San Diego area for the last twenty-four years.

Laudenslager's sculptures can be found in corporate and public collections throughout the USA and in private collections in the USA, England, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, and South Korea.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
1996 “Illusive Landscapes,” Gallery Spagnolo, San Diego, CA
1995 Galerie Demenga, Basel, Switzerland (+1993)
1993 L.A. International Art Fair, Galerie Demenga, Switzerland
1992 Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
1991 Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
1990 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA
1989 Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
1988 Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1987 Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena, CA
1983 San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
1981 Yuma Fine Arts Center, Yuma, AZ
1979 Grossmont College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA

Selected Two-Person Shows/Invitational Exhibitions
2004 Karen Lynne Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2002 “Illusion/Allusion,” Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM
1998 “ILLUSION—Trompe l’oeil and Slight of Hand,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
1996 “Six Galleries/Six Artists,” Southwest College, San Diego, CA
1996 Riparte, Rome, Italy
1996 “Violencia,” Gallery Spagnolo, San Diego, CA
1995 “Insights 95,” An International Political Symposium, sponsored by Susan Golding, Mayor, City of San Diego, CA
1995 “Passion & Brutality” with Deanne Sabeck, Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1995 City of Carlsbad Temporary Art Installations, Carlsbad, CA
1995 Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1994 “Drawings by Sculptors,” Venice, Italy
1994 “Collectors Choice at Paladian,” San Diego, CA
1994 “Artists Choose Artists,” Downtown Arts, San Diego, CA
1994 “Review of Art L.A. ’93,” Galerie Demenga, Basel, Switzerland
1993 Malibu International Sculpture Exhibition, Malibu, CA
1992 Valerie Miller Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
1991 Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991 Nemiroff Deutsch Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
1991 L.A. Art Fair, Valerie Miller Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
1991 IMC Gallery, Irvine, CA
1990 Zack/Shuster Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 "Kinetic Sculpture in 4 Movements," Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen, CA
2010-2013 “sculptureWALK,” a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2012 “41st Marin Designers Showcase,” with a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Belvedere, CA
2011-2012 “Sculpture in the Garden,” San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
2010-2011 “San Diego Contemporary Art Fair,” San Diego, CA
2010 “Paper Work,” Eric Phleger Gallery, Encinitas, CA
2010 “San Francisco Art Fair,” with Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 “Malibu Sculpture 2010 Exhibition,” Malibu, CA
2010 “FADA LA Art Show,” with Sculpturesite Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 “Unzipped, Eric Phleger Gallery, Encinitas, CA
2009 “Sculptures on the Plaza,” Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 “Kinetic Sculpture in the Gardens,” A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2008 “Sculpture in Motion,” curated by Sculpturesite Gallery, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA
2008 “California in New York,” Herbert Gallery, New York City, NY
2007 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA
2006 Ordover Gallery at Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA
2005 “Six Elements in Sculpture,” Galerie D’Art Int’l, Solana Beach, CA
2005 “Vernissage,” Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
2004 Ashbord Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 “Invitational Sculpture Exhibition,” Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
2004 “Wind & Water,” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2003 “Kinesis,” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2002 “Remembrance (9/11),” COVA Gallery, San Diego, CA
2001 City of Palm Desert, Palm Desert, CA
2000 “7+7 Sculpture Show,” Flux Gallery, San Diego, CA
2000 “San Diego Salon 2000,” Arts College Int’l, San Diego, CA
2000 “Art in Flux Open Studios 2000,” Flux Gallery, San Diego, CA
1999 “Milange 2000,” California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA
1999 “The Art of Healing,” Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, Carlsbad, CA
1998 Galerie Demenga, Basel, Switzerland
1997 Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA
1996 Boritzer Grey-Hamano, Los Angeles, CA
1995 SOMA Gallery, San Diego, CA
1995 P.C.G., Santa Monica, CA
1993 “Men of Steel,” SOMA Gallery, San Diego, CA
1993 Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1992 “Pacific Rim 1,” Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 CA State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
1990 “California Now,” Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Public Collections
“Archimage,” 34’ kinetic sculpture, Torrey Reserve, Del Mar, CA (Orchid Award 1999)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Port of San Diego – 2 commissions at San Diego International Airport with Deanne Sabeck, San Diego, CA (part of group Orchid Award 1998)
Wolfstein Sculpture Park – 3 outdoor sculptures, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
Gani Art Garden, San Diego, CA
American Airlines, Los Angeles, CA
Best, Best and Krieger, San Diego, CA
U.C. Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA
“Sun Fish,” 30’ kinetic sculpture, Pacific Center office complex, San Diego, CA
Saddleback College, Orange, CA
Grossmont College, San Diego, CA
Vela Luka, Croatia
“Running Man,” The Woodlands, TX
“Cleveland Bird,” Beachwood Shopping Center, Beachwood, OH
Southeast Cancer Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Scripps Hospital Encinitas, CA
Lytton Casino, San Pablo, CA
Palm Springs, CA

Selected Publications
2012 San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, December 2012
2001 Direct Metal Sculpture by Dona Z. Meilach
1993 Malibu International Sculpture Exhibition catalog
1989 Harcourts Contemporary Catalog
1979 Grossmont College Catalog

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