AN UNFOLDING PAUSE

Robert Lange, March 2014


March 7, 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Robert Lange

About the Exhibit

These twelve works are a dedication to instants of time where one is fully submerged in the present moment.  For me, these are periods of captivating silence where I completely abandon the busy thoughts that ordinarily consume the day. To pay homage to the wonder that exists within these split seconds I chose to create larger more intricate works that would require more time and mindfulness to complete.

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These twelve works are a dedication to instants of time where one is fully submerged in the present moment. For me, these are periods of captivating silence where I completely abandon the busy thoughts that ordinarily consume the day. To pay homage to the wonder that exists within these split seconds I chose to create larger more intricate works that would require more time and mindfulness to complete.

 

I began these large-scale oil paintings 6 months ago after attempting my first larger than life-size portrait. The result was a month long relationship with a 24″ square close-up of an ancient man’s face from Nepal. This piece, Split Second, allowed for a new painting experience. I fell in love with amount of freedom associated with working zoomed-in on my subject, the wrinkles in the cheeks and brow felt like the unpredictable winding rivers and creviced valleys of a painterly landscape. I chose to abandon my tendency to rely on being heavily conceptual or surreal and focused on macro hyper real paintings, journaling small transcendent moments from my life.

 

The largest piece in the show and second largest painting I have ever created, Simply Bee, is an example of this process. While spending time in mid-coast Maine this past summer, I was struck by the beauty of a single bumblebee energetically pollenating a white Veronica plant. There was so much to see happening in these few cubic inches of this macro world and magnified to a sixty inch wide painting this tiny subject would surely have a grand effect on anyone in its presence. The painting, taking just shy of 300 hours to complete, graced me with an overwhelming reverence for these few inches of the natural world.

 

These paintings span multiple genres but hinge on an idea of slowing down and embracing the moments we are given.

 

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

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