Wes Lang: BLUE DREAM

Wes Lang: BLUE DREAM

invitation

Invitation

Freitag, 3. Mai 2013Samstag, 1. Juni 2013


Copenhagen, Denmark

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BLUE DREAM
A solo exhibition by Wes Lang

OPENING: FRIDAY MAY 3rd. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: MAY 3rd. – JUNE 1st. 2013

Biker ikonografi, abstrakte skriblerier, vintage playboy magasiner, kranier, sommerfugle, blomster, indfødte amerikanere, citater fra østlig filosofi, amerikansk litteratur og populærmusik befolker Wes Langs nye værker på lærred og papir.
Værkerne i Blue Dream er fyldt med referencer og hyldester: til høj- og lavkultur, kunstnerkolleger, liv og død, dårlige tider, men mest gode tider, til vold og til skønhed. Denne dualitet er karakteristisk for Wes Langs arbejde. Hvert værk fremstår som en dybfølt betragtning over livet og hvordan det skal leves. Ikke som et svar, men som en poetisk refleksion – som et kort der skal udforskes.

Alle værker i Blue Dream er blevet til på Amerikas vestkyst, hvor Lang flyttede til fra New York i slutningen af 2012. En følelse af frihed, håb og positive perspektiver strømmer gennem udstillingen. I et stort maleri (213 x 305 cm) bærer skelettet af en indfødt amerikansk høvding på motorcykel et skjold med ordene: Live For Today, Think For Yourself, Be A Better Man, Now’s The Time, Expand – Wes Lang minder os om menneskets potentiale, selvom vi lever i dødens skygge. Værkets titel er Wide Awake In America, ligesom resten af udstillingen er det en ode til uafhængighed, oprigtighed og fri tænkning.

Wes Lang (1973, US) har for nylig udstillet på Marlborough (Madrid) og The Chateau Marmont (Los Angeles). I 2012 skabte han det berømmede bokssæt Grateful Dead Spring 1990. I 2014 skal han have sin første omfattende solopræsentation på Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, hvor et af hans værker i øjeblikket vises på udstillingen 7, 9, 13 Director’s Choice. Hans arbejder indgår bl.a. i samlinger på MOMA (New York), Statens Museum for Kunst, Deste Foundation (Athen) og Aros Århus Kunstmuseum.

Blue Dream er Wes Langs tredje soloudstilling på V1 Gallery.

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Biker iconography, abstract scribbles, vintage playboy magazines, skulls, butterflies, flowers, Native Americans and quotes from ancient eastern philosophy, American literature, and popular music populate Wes Lang’s new body of work on canvas and paper.
The works in Blue Dream are loaded with references and homages: to high and low culture, fellow artists, life and death, bad times, but mostly good times, violence and beauty. This duality is characteristic for Wes Lang’s work. Each work comes across as an earnest meditation on life and how to live it. Not an answer, a poetic reflection - a map to explore.

All the works in Blue Dream were created on the west coast of America where Lang relocated from New York at the end of 2012. There is a sense of freedom, hope and positive perspective flowing through the exhibition. In one large painting (213 x 305 cm) the skeleton of a Native American Chief, on a motorcycle, is carrying a shield with the words: Live For Today, Think For Yourself, Be A Better Man, Now’s The Time, Expand - Wes Lang reminds us of the human potential even though we are living in the shadow of death. The title of the painting is Wide Awake In America, like the rest of the exhibition, it is an ode to independence, sincerity and free thinking.

Wes Lang (1973, US) has recently exhibited at Marlborough (Madrid) and The Chateau Marmont (Los Angeles). In 2012 he created the highly celebrated Grateful Dead Spring 1990 box set. In 2014 he will have his first extensive solo presentation at ARoS Museum of Modern Art (Aarhus) – where he currently have a work on display in the exhibition 7, 9, 13 Directors Choice. His work is included in the collections of MOMA (New York) The National Gallery Of Denmark (Copenhagen) and Deste Foundation (Athens) and ARoS (Aarhus) amongst others. Blue Dream is Wes Lang’s third solo exhibition with V1 Gallery.