Matthew Langley’s minimalist paintings are akin to haiku poetry that focuses on simplicity, intensity and directness of expression. Profoundly influenced by his late professor Gene Davis, a prominent figure in the mid-century color field movement, Matthew uses large fields of color as meditations, similar to the Hindu chakras that associate colors with vibrational energy patterns in the subtle (non-physical) body. At a brief glance, the work can appear decidedly simple, but if one allows oneself to get quiet and look within, these paintings become sublime.
Matthew Langley was born in Alexandria, Virginia and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA from The Corcoran School of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major collections in the US such as Ernst and Young, DC Commission for the Art and Humanities, MacAndrews & Forbes and The Doris Patz Collection (University of Maryland). Recent exhibitions include; Blank Space (New York, NY), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and The Delaplaine Arts Center (Frederick, MD). Upcoming exhibitions include; Susan Calloway Gallery (Washington, DC) and DM Contemporary (NYC). Mr. Langley’s artwork has been covered in publications such as Art in America, The Washington Post, The Washington Citypaper and news sources such as National Public Radio. He currently lives and works in NYC.
AXOM Gallery is thrilled to present to our cultural community this new and vibrant work, never before seen in Rochester. In tandem with the opening of this exhibition will be the debut of our new design store, AXOM OBJECTS, which will be the exclusive Rochester retailer showcasing an international roster of contemporary product designers who make objects, (furniture, lighting, accessories and gifts) for the home.
There will be an opening reception for both Matthew Langley and AXOM OBJECTS on First Friday, December 5, from 5 – 10 PM. The artist, Matthew Langley will be at AXOM Gallery for this event which is free and open to the public.