Before air balloons and Kitty Hawk and Yuri Gagarin's 1961 orbital flight, our views of Earth from above were limited in scope. For many of us the profound experience of flying, of observing fields, rivers and cities from the stratosphere, is now quotidian. In this exhibition, artists David Burdeny and Chase Langford challenge that view. Their unique geographies ask us not only to consider the lands we inhabit, but also our own internal landscapes. With different approaches and different mediums, each artist seeks to create a sense of wonder by focusing primarily on spatial patterns seen through the human eye and projected by human consciousness.
David Burdeny's exquisite work has at its heart a quest for "thresholds and liminality -- places that seem somehow a bridge between the concrete and the ephemeral, elevated above time, hallowed," as he says. His search for the sublime is evident in both his lush interiors and stark, elegant landscapes. Utilizing unusually long exposures, Burdeny enables the viewer to see that which the eye alone cannot. His work encourages a sense of mystery, a desire to look deeper, to slow down. His geographies carefully balance the sacred and profane, the spiritual and pedestrian, but beyond that, they make palpable his brilliant technical understanding of space and structure. Burdeny has a Masters in Architecture and Interior Design, a career he pursued before establishing himself as a photographer. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US and throughout Europe. Also, his work has been widely published - including most recently in Casa Vogue, The Guardian, The Corriere Dela Sera and the Moscow Times - and has been recognized with multiple International Photography Awards. In 2016, Burdeny was selected as International Nature Photographer of the Year for his series Salt.
Chase Langford’s paintings evince a lifelong fascination with the endlessly varied forms of the natural world. In his youth, Langford amassed an impressive collection of atlases and maps; a passion which led him to studies in geography at UC Santa Barbara, and later to work as a cartographer at UCLA. Langford ultimately found expression for his interests by painting, through which he could explore terrains both real and imagined. His layers of rich pigments recall sedimentary cross-sections as much as they do aerial views of rivers, valleys, and rock formations. Langford’s work is prominently displayed in residential and corporate collections worldwide, including the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, the Park Hyatt Aviara in California, and Nordstrom stores nationwide.