Ace Gallery is pleased to present Rising, an exhibition of selected works by Southern California based painter Gary Lang. Bringing together new and previously unseen pieces, Rising offers a multi-dimensional insight into Lang’s creative vision.
Rising explores the mercurial scope of Lang’s varied series. Tondos: vertiginous concentric circles. Twisters: organic shapes congruently trailing, interlocking, whirling. Zippers: squared off minimalist monoliths. Word paintings: pictographic letters, neck-to-neck, poetic musings. And Lang’s newest work, Rising, comprised of twenty-four square panels—a painted field clambering with wheel-like elements.
In each of these ongoing bodies of work, form is predetermined, freeing Lang from what he calls “the grid of reason,” and allowing him to attend to the process of painting itself. For Lang, this activity is a contemplative, disciplined and sensual path. His stance is one of receptivity, enabling events to surface in the work.
Lang lays down the paint by hand, in straightforward brushstrokes—without apertures or riggings. The painted marks develop incrementally, and the artist’s chromatic revelations emerge in course. While many consider him a master colorist, Lang remarks, “I don’t think about color. Color is felt. Color is chance. Color is something to explore, rather than something to know.” We might wonder at his openness to color’s potential—a spectrum, LA Times art critic, Leah Ollman calls, “all-inclusive: luminous, flat, sweet, sharp, Day-Glow, metallic, shrill and sexy.”