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Eastern Seaboard # 1 Photograph - Limited Edition of 5

Rob Lang

United States

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 24 W x 17 H x 0.2 D in

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THE HIDDEN VOYAGE PROJECT Exploring dry docks, Rob Lang has scoured harbors around the world – on the eastern seaboard, in Greece, in the post-Katrina wreckage of New Orleans-capturing the elusive beauty of the undersides of boats. The photographs that make up his Hidden Voyage Project capture the beauty and decay of time’s effect on these mysterious hulls; cropping all contextual visual information that anchors the hulls to their actual function, Lang extracts phenomenal pictures from their worn surfaces. These are photographs of what lie hidden and dark in cool waters, to emerge occasionally into the light of day, fully revealed only by Lang’s camera. Pictorial kin to abstract expressionism, in Lang’s photographs one recognizes motifs developed by painters Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko, or their contemporaries Aaron Siskind and Minor White. Drawing on these photographic precedents, Lang introduces a sensitive awareness of color into their abstract vocabulary. With Lang’s images one may be cognizant of what they actually depict, but more likely surrender to their abstract evocations. They are on the one hand documents conveying factual information and on the other hand pictures with compelling aesthetic value. In fact their clever simulation of paintings throws the photographic basis of these images into doubt. And yet in the Hidden Voyage Project there is an uncanny correlation between what is represented and the material process of photography itself. Lang’s pictures distill a fragment of each boat’s narrative into the strange language of its own particular patina, ignored or overlooked by most. The photographs plumb such forgotten histories, but also enable the viewer to create their own tales. Lang remains a conveyor of unabashedly beautiful images: of sumptuous colors, of compelling textures, of indulgent surfaces – celebrations of the ecstatic beauty that remains hidden in the everyday, etched upon the surfaces of time.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5

Size:24 W x 17 H x 0.2 D in

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Rob Lang received his first camera at the age of five. It was the beginning of a creative life observing the world through a lens. While studying for his Master’s at New York University, Lisette Model, the extraordinary documentary photographer, saw one of Rob’s photographs and invited him into her Master Class. Soon after graduating he began work as both a commercial and fine-art photographer. Rob moves between using the camera as a tool to document life in all its beauty and with all its flaws, as well as creating abstracts that appear to be the work of a painter. In his photographs of people, he seeks to reveal their essence. In other works he seeks to discover the hidden images beneath what appears to the eye. Whether in New Mexico, where Rob currently resides, creating his impressionistic visions of the vastness of White Sands and the sweep of the numerous mountains ranges, or his time in the Hamptons, observing the seascapes and boats in dry dock, he finds the beauty in all things natural as well as the esoteric.

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