Matthew Langley


I have always been drawn towards creative approaches that generate a friction between actions performed as an artist and the visual frameworks that create the artwork. Between these concerns it is critical for the artworks I produce to be able to stand alone without an exhaustive document or map telling the viewer what it is that they are seeing or how they should see it.

In the winter of 2014, I gave myself “a snow day”. I took a break from my then current work, which was very structured, and allowed myself a chance to explore anything that popped into my head. Over the course of a week, I developed an avalanche of work that was received far beyond my modest expectations. In what I initially started as a way to expand how I had been building images, I found a new body of work that has energized my studio. My focus on approaching this work is with openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconception of the final outcome. I have found new ways of working and discovered qualities about my work that were unknown to me.

In this latest work I have become far more sensitive to the idea of balance. Visual concerns such as color and process, mark making and field, scale and relationship, planning and improvisation, allow me to develop artworks that interest me intellectually as well as visually. The resulting body of work consists of markers that observe, comment and gauge the decisions made.


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