OPENING THIS FRIDAY
AUSTIN DOES AUSTIN // 10 ARTISTS // OPENS FRIDAY FEB 11TH @GLHFGALLERY
Showing new abstract works by Austin-based painter Matthew Langland.
From the artist: "The title, Feedback Loop, refers first to my process of generating compositions, from a (admittedly deep but) finite library of images, that get mixed and re-mixed over time in a way that offers new results but is also very echo-y, creating images that seem to be increasingly, more specifically, about themselves.
"Also the idea of the feedback loop is compelling in how it relates to creativity in general, and so many things really - animals, machines, businesses, ecosystems, also that grating squeal from guitar amps. A concern in my work is the slippery difficulty in being able to know or truly understand, or comprehend the meaning of things (certainty vs. uncertainty), for which I think abstract painting is a perfect vehicle to explore. So the idea that a tentative understanding of things could result from accumulations of reactions affecting reactions, on repeat, is interesting to me."
Combining the formal rigor of Hard-edge painting, the comic book Surrealism of the Chicago Imagists, and Pop Art’s repurposing of commercial product design with a fascination for occult symbolism, Matthew Langland’s paintings explore abstraction’s potential to bypass shared assumptions of images and offer thoroughly unique experiences instead.
Originally from Chicago, Langland earned an MFA from UT Austin in 2001. He lived in Brooklyn for 15 years and returned to Austin in 2016. He has exhibited work in New York, Austin, Chicago, and Los Angeles.