February 4, 2008

Matthew Langley's dangerous proposition

In the Washington City Paper, Kriston Capps reports on Matthew Langley's first solo show at the DCArts Center. "Langley gets points for audacity. His paintings draw easy comparisons to a host of latter-day abstract-expressionist titans, from Agnes Martin and Sean Scully. Make no mistake, Langley courts those comparisons—his emphasis on the grid places him squarely within that Lacanian camp that finds the sublime through repetition, variation, and trauma. It’s a dangerous proposition—Langley risks being derivative—yet in several respects his work proves to be more recidivist than redux." Read more.

Matthew Langley: Paintings + Paperworks,” curated by J.W. Mahoney. District of Columbia Arts Center, DC. Through Feb. 17.

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