This exhibition is a thetical example of the artistic philosophy of Langston Wesley. It iterates and explores the nuances between esoteric and exoteric demonstration of aesthetic and conceptual qualities while suggesting a critique of appropriation, relevance, and style.
The paintings and drawings of Langston Wesley, a Cleveland resident who attended Stanford University, will be featured at a gallery opening at Corcoran Fine Arts on Thursday, March 16 from 4pm to 8pm. Gallery hours after the opening will be announced and posted on corcoranfinearts.com. On view until July 15th.
Langston’s artistic endeavors started with drawings he produced spontaneously during his early years. Langston, an African American, spent his childhood on Chicago’s South Side. Without formal training, he immersed himself in the world of contemporary art and simultaneously began drawing and painting. Subtle references to other contemporary artists appear with some frequency in his work. Not really as appropriation – but as a point of reference – an homage.
Langston’s work evolved rapidly during his time at Hopewell and thereafter. His new work is dominated by a strong and self-assured aesthetic, challenging images, and subject matter rendered in diverse, often bright, brilliant colors. Langston presents us with a very distinct and personal vision of abstract expressionism.
Over 20 of Langston’s paintings and drawings are on view here in the gallery. They are colorful, bold, verbal, and conceptual. Large-scale works predominate.
Many of the works refer to the life of the artist, his own interior conflicts, and his facing the challenges of life as an emerging artist. Although personal in origin, his insights reach out to touch us all.