McClain Gallery
2242 Richmond Ave. Houston TX 77098

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NOV. 10 - DEC. 22, 2016
Gary Lang, REDRISINGEIGHT, 2016, acrylic on canvas,
72 inches diameter
McClain Gallery is pleased to present WANDERWONDER, a selection of new paintings by
Southern California-based artist Gary Lang. The exhibition will include Lang’s iconic circle
paintings along with a selection of new Zipper paintings. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition
at McClain Gallery and the artist will be in attendance at the opening reception.

Lang’s tondo paintings vibrate with optical intensity as the concentric rings of saturated
color transition into one another. The bands of color can change gradually or, at times,
quite abruptly. Despite their unerring concentricity, Lang's paintings are made without
guides or pre-drawn templates. The preliminary color palette is selected before he begins
to paint, but Lang adjusts spontaneously during the painting process, embracing both
chance and reason. “The composition is the result of expanding and receding color
interactions evolving their own architecture and distinct ocular space.  It’s the
dividend of chance and disciplined abandon. Like a blindfolded juggler, I don’t
see the painting until it is complete.”

The creation process for Lang is physical as well as meta-physical. He relies upon the
rhythm of motion, stretch of his arms, and pattern of breathing to keep the brush
strokes centered and parallel to one another. That meditative state is Lang’s most
joyful place and the reason he comes back to the circular format. “My Circles are
a vehicle for sharpening time, by drawing me into the precision of the moment, the
exact present. The process extracts me from mental meandering or psychological
states that cultivate anxiety in an effort to facilitate immediacy, intimacy and clarity
of purpose. Simply put, the process of painting Circles draws infinity my way. It is when
I feel most alert, and alive. It is my fountain of youth.”

Gary Lang received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts. He has participated in
the Whitney Independent Study Program in NYC, and received an MFA from Yale
University in 1974. In 1975 he was awarded a Fulbright/Hayes Travel and Research
Grant, which brought him to Barcelona for two years, after which he settled in New
York City. Lang has had more than seventy solo exhibitions in the United States,
Austria, France, Japan, The Netherlands, and Spain. Lang's work has been the
subject of numerous museum exhibitions, including the McNay Museum in San
Antonio, TX, the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA, and the Hague in the
Netherlands. He now lives and works in Southern California.

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