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Davis Langlois

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figurative, abstract, traditional, installation, realism


We began working together in 1997 after meeting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  For us, representational painting always includes a deferred relationship to the painting's event.  In this sense we see our paintings as historical and symmetrical to our own relationship to the past-defined by an ever-renewing dynamic between memory, its representation, and the synchronicity brought about in the object itself.  Our vocabulary is derived from popular and sub cultures and while we use the oldest trick in the book (mimesis), we are committed to making classical techniques viable options in contemporary art.  Our morally ambiguous images of historical icons, sublime nature, and racial stereotypes are from a world where viewing is active participation.  Culled images from every source are manipulated: the colors exaggerated and details added and subtracted.  We enjoy taking a mundane image and transforming it into something significant and visually arresting.  Each body of work is conceived of as a full installation, every object lyrically and poetically related to the others. The collaborative process raises issues of authorship and originality.  It allows for a dialogue rather than a soliloquy; it challenges the time-honored image of an individual artist working with brief moments of divine inspiration, and alters the ego's role in the creative process.  We trust in the surface of the painting and its ability to mediate the space between what's present and all the meanings brought to bear upon it.

Recent Exhibits

Davis Langlois participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2009 Into The Void: The Ballad of The Martyr as Told by Ingres
Charest-Weinberg Gallery
Sep, 2009 In Our Likeness: Portraits of Illumination
moniquemeloche gallery
Sep, 2009 MCA: UBS 12x12: New Artists/New Work: Rob Davis/Michael Langlois
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Jan, 2009 House of the Rising Sun
Chicago Cultural Center
Exhibited at these venues
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