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CHASE LANGFORD  —  LAND MARKS — May 5 – 21, 2016


Chase Langford’s painting practice emerges from a lifelong fascination with the endlessly varied forms of the natural world. This fascination began during childhood, and grew rapidly; by his teens, Langford had gathered a personal collection of over 1000 atlases and maps. His cartographic impulse quickly carried over to his studies in geography at UC Santa Barbara, and later to a job creating maps for faculty at UCLA. In the 1980s, with a perspective deeply informed by the rich visual patterns of the organic world, Langford began exploring ways in which he could integrate cartography and fine art. Equipped with skills in both life drawing and ceramics, he began a painting career inspired by natural phenomena both intimate and vast.

His stacks of brightly contrasting pigment recall sedimentary cross-sections as much as they do aerial views of rivers, valleys, and rock formations. Langford begins his canvases with impulsive mark-making, a technique that forms and gentles to a refinement of aesthetic in abstract, layered shapes. Graphic and linear, compositions nonetheless undulate across the canvas with a water-like flow; concentric circles of color are dense and distinct deposits, unmistakably reminiscent of rock strata formed over thousands of years.

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. He currently works from his studio in Los Angeles, California.

Land Marks will be Langford’s first solo exhibition with the Foster/White Gallery.

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November 6 – December 31, 2014

We are pleased to announce the opening of “Geo+Morphic,” Chase Langford’s first solo exhibition at Susan Eley Fine Art. “Geo+Morphic” opens with an artist’s reception on November 6, 2014, 6-8 pm, and will remain on view through December.

Approximately 20 paintings will be on display, drawn from the artist’s Morphic and Essex series. Influenced since boyhood by a love of mapmaking, which eventually led to his study of and work in cartography at UCLA, Langford continues to be inspired by the spatial rhythms of geography. While a cartographer’s intent is to apply precision and science to outline our spatial world, its coastlines, rivers and roads, Langford’s paintings depart from the rules of cartography, as he applies a free flowing approach. The looseness creates a marvelous abstraction from painting to painting.

Langford’s Morphic paintings, with their biomorphic and organic forms in constant ebb and flow, elicit great sensual pleasure. While based in geography, Langford creates magical, mystical landscapes, with brightly colored paths, waterways, rivers, plateaus and rocks, seemingly untouched by humankind. Or changing our lens, we could be peering at a cross section of a fantastical rock, cut with bright colored striations, shiny mica formations, and layers of faults and folds that reveal both rough hewn textures and smooth, saturated surfaces.

In addition to the natural world, Langford is influenced by architecture, design and fashion, reflected in the work of the Essex series, redolent with the aesthetic of mid 20th- century design, with it tighter geometry and hues of black, white, reds and blues. Textile patterns and ethnic woven creations also come to mind, as the aesthetic is vaguely reminiscent of ancient or Aztec cultures.

Langford is a wellspring of inspiration and positive energy, creating exultant paintings. He often works on several canvases at one time, as he waits for the layers of oil paint to dry. From his Los Angeles studio atop the Santa Monica Mountains along Mulholland Drive, he draws inspiration from the rugged landscape, the deep chaparral filled canyons and sweeping panoramas.

Langford first showed at SEFA in the group exhibition “Making Their Mark,” curated by SEFA artist Amber George (2011). Since then, SEFA has presented his paintings at Aqua Art Miami (2012), CONTEXT Art Miami (2013) and Art Silicon Valley San Francisco (2014). In addition to the Morphic and Essex series, SEFA has displayed work from the Chroma series, characterized by repeating feathery brush strokes on paper, applied in a mosaic pattern; and the Coldwater series, which show tangled, lyrical lines that at first glance feel aquatic, but have been inspired by the movements and rhythms of Coldwater Canyon near his home.

Concurrent with “Geo+Morphic,” Langford is featured in a solo exhibition organized and held at Gensler architects, Washington DC, opening on October 29, 2014 and remaining on view for four months.

Susan Eley Fine Art
46 W 90th St, New York 10024
Opening: Thursday, Nov 6, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm