Daniel Luedtke

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I am an interdisciplinary artist and musician working to address how illness affects a person’s experience of the world. Within a range of formal strategies, from printmaking, drawing, mixed media sculpture, installation and video, I use collage and assemblage to illustrate how the medical and insurance industries create and arrange our understanding of health and wellness.

Results

I am thinking about figures and how their definitions come together.
Figure: A number. Official statistics or financial performance.
Figure: A person’s bodily shape. Representation of human form. Person seen
indistinctly at a distance.

In Covid we are looking at figures every day. They affect what we do, where we go, how we live, and who we’re with… The number of infections and deaths illustrate an abstraction of how bad the pandemic is. The daily assessment of the risks involved underscore the fragility of our own bodies, the ethics of our own agency, and our sense of individual control. They set the stage for when the state and the law must intervene. When do our desires and behavior become incompatible with the numbers? The work in “Results” is not a direct illustration of these questions, but is a backdrop to my exploration of how the health of bodies are quantified. “Results” is a poetic exploration of how these figures are presented back to us in the form of lab results, health-related advertising, and narratives of cause and effect.

Daniel Luedtke, Lab Work (Easter Candy), foamcore, resin, ink, and xerox prints, 10 x 11’ (2020)

This site-specific installation includes printouts of the artist’s Labcore urine and blood test results resting upon a field of foamcore and resin tiles. The lab results act as a data-based, internal form of self-portraiture.

Daniel Luedtke, Lab Work (Easter Candy) (detail), foamcore, resin, ink, and xerox prints, 10 x 11’ (2020)

Daniel Luedtke, Lab Work (Easter Candy) (detail), foamcore, resin, ink, and xerox prints, 10 x 11’ (2020)

Daniel Luedtke, Missing Blood Types: Chocolate, Walgreens digital print on fleece blanket, foamcore, resin, and ink, dimensions variable (2020)

The blanket image comes from a web ad campaign by several international corporations called “Missing Blood Types” where each of the letters A, B, and O were removed from their respective company logos. The campaign was meant to draw awareness of the need for blood donors. Through donation the missing blood type letters have the potential to complete the company logo. The “Missing Blood Types” campaign equates the extraction of a consumers’ essential bodily fluids as a site of corporate benevolence and biocapital.

Daniel Luedtke, Missing Blood Types: Chocolate (detail), Walgreens digital print on fleece blanket, foamcore, resin, and ink, dimensions variable (2020)

Daniel Luedtke, This One Weird Trick, lithograph and screen print with digital print collage, 23 x 17” (2020)

Daniel Luedtke, Mouth to Mouth, lithograph, 11 x 14.5” (2020)

Daniel Luedtke, COPS DOOM NATIONS, screen-printed monoprint, 19 x 25” (2020)

This unique monoprint is a reclamation of the “FAGS DOOM NATIONS” protest sign designed by the conservative hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church.

Daniel Luedtke, Relaxing Tile #1, screen print, digital print, collage, and acrylic, 11 x 21” (2020)

Daniel Luedtke, Relaxing Tile #2, screen print, digital print, collage, and acrylic, 11 x 21” (2020)

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While there is no overarching theme that unites every faculty member in this exhibition, everyone is connected to someone else through a web of ideas and provocations. We encourage you to use these tags to navigate from one scholar to the next, while understanding that these concepts do not fully account for the depth and nuance of the work you are encountering.

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