Extending and reducing: Matthew Langley at Blank Space

“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, The Day the Rain Came Down, 2012, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches. 
 Matthew Langley, Reasons to be cheerful, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. 

Matthew Langley: Atlas,” Blank Space, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through November 10. 2012.

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