Robert Lange, May 2013
Opening May 3, 5-8 pm
Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Affirmation, features the work of the contemporary painter Robert Lange. Affirmation is a collection of narrative paintings investigating the exemplary qualities of people within the painter’s life.
Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Affirmation, features the work of the contemporary painter Robert Lange. Affirmation is a collection of narrative paintings investigating the exemplary qualities of people within the painter’s life. Robert will be at the May 3 event from 5-8pm, which is open to the public. The work will hang until March 27 and can be seen daily from 11-5pm.
Lange’s precise and often surreal painting style consists of high-key color and vibrant use of light within dynamic compositions. “The goal of this body of work is to take inventory of those people in my life whether close friend, family or acquaintance, who play the role of teacher, aiding me in becoming a more balanced and aware individual. As a foundation for the paintings I chose to use the format of an affirmation, the assertion of ones positive qualities,” said Lange of his work In “I Am Free to Believe” Lange chose the subject of his 2 year old nephew’s healthy imagination. The painting depicts Lange’s brother-in-law laying on his back on the wing of a plane in mid-flight, holding his son in the air above him. “I remember watching the delight on my nephew JD’s face as his father held him in the superman position. There was so much joy emanating from his eyes, it was obvious that he felt as if he were really flying, and hence the scene of the painting.” Although Lange is choosing to use his friends and family as inspiration for the works, the paintings will involve a myriad of genres including still life, landscape, figurative, portraiture and surreal narratives. “My hope is to examine someone I care about and look for even the smallest moment to represent the type of character they exemplify,” said Lange. In “I Wear My Heart on My Sleeve” we find a long skinny cross section of a man wearing a suit coat and bow tie. The bowtie is loud in color and pattern. Its festive nature is in stark contrast to the cream-colored suit coat. Lange says of the painting “My oldest and dearest friend is one of those people who has never been ashamed to show his devotion and loyalty to those he loves.
He is quick to smile, brings life into any room he enters and allows his vulnerability to connect him to all he meets. Rather than making a portrait of a man who exemplifies these qualities, I figured the bowtie says it all,” said Lange. The format of an affirmation reflects Lange’s continued desire to spread a feeling of positivity; the artist even has a plus sign tattoo on his left wrist and signs his paintings with the symbol. The show is designed to reinforce the viewer’s personal evaluation of his or her own positive character traits. “When someone walks through a room of uplifting paintings and reads titles consisting of first person declarative statements about their own redeeming qualities such as I am happy or I am loved, my hope is they experience a sense of levity that they may bring out into the world,” said Lange.