“Atlas,” the first NYC solo show of Matthew Langley‘s handsome abstractions is on display at Blank Space in Chelsea through November 10. Since my undergrad days I’ve had a weakness for painterly, grid-based abstraction by artists like Harvey Quaytman and Sean Scully, so naturally I’m a Langley fan. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art, Langley moved to NYC from DC two years ago, and continues to discover meaning in surface, color, and touch. “The artworks come from a series of divergent strategies,” Langley writes in the generous PDF catalog. “One of building and extending–the other of reducing and minimizing. These disparate approaches are not a way to impose meanings on the work, but can be viewed as a metaphoric crossroads.”
This kind of
work doesn’t translate well in the JPEG format, so if you’re in Chelsea, make
sure to stop by and see the show.
“Matthew Langley: Atlas,” Blank Space, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through November 10. 2012.
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