REVERENCE

Kramer + Lange, November 2022


November 4, 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Patrick Kramer

Robert Lange

About the Exhibit

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Reverence, features the work of oil painters Patrick Kramer and Robert Lange.  Reverence is a collection of paintings depicting…

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Reverence

Contemporary Paintings of Master Works by Patrick Kramer + Robert Lange

On view: November 4 -25

Opening Reception: November 4, 5-8pm

 

 

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Reverence, features the work of oil painters Patrick Kramer and Robert Lange.  Reverence is a collection of paintings depicting recognizable master works but with a contemporary twist.  The work will hang until November 25 and can be seen daily from 11-5pm.  Kramer has become recognized for his dynamic paintings of masterworks being sometimes destroyed and sometimes reflected upon. Alongside his creations are Lange’s inventive realist paintings, often of trompe l’oeil items or magical realism.

 

Both artists build up their unique compositions using oil paint in multiple layers and various thicknesses to compose unique interpretations in paint.  All are welcome to attend the November 4 event from 5–8PM.

 

“This show came about as an evolution of my work over the previous few years. I originally started incorporating historical masterpieces and elements of destruction as a way of exploring self doubt and perfectionism, themes I relate to as an artist,” said Kramer. “Lately, much of my work has veered into the tradition of Vanitas still life – work with symbolic reminders of human mortality, frequently contrasting beautiful pleasures with the harsh realities of life and death. I relate to this aesthetic – a balance of grace and grit, tension between the delicate and the harsh.”

 

Lange’s work for this exhibit has been divided into two separate collections. The first collection is an homage to Rene Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images” more commonly referred to as “This is Not a Pipe.” Lange says, “One of my earliest memories of being drawn into the art world is seeing Rene Magritte’s work and realizing that paintings could employ humor and levity as well as optical illusion. With that in mind I have made series of taped up trompe l’oeil Iphones with famed works on the screens to point out that seeing a masterwork on a device is in no way the same as seeing a work of art in person.” 

 

The second collection of works from Lange consist of blown up and blurred out masterworks as backgrounds with tightly rendered figures in the foreground. “When I look at a painting it evokes a mood. I wanted to transform these famed works into a type of atmospheric environment where the subject seems to be feeling this mood,” says Lange.  In “Feeling Wyeth” we see a short haired woman in neutral tones and stance surrounded by a blurred out “Christina’s World.” “I have always loved Wyeth’s work, but Christina’s World holds a special place in my heart as the image evokes a quiet struggle amongst a barren New England field. Growing up in New Hampshire, Wyeth had the ability to perfectly capture the beauty and struggle during the cold grey winter months.” 

 

As Kramer and Lange both reflect on the past, there are a few pieces that even with their old world subjects are brought into contemporary society. “The art world is often a wonderful reflection of what is happening in contemporary society,” Lange said. 

 

One of the pieces in the show that Kramer enjoyed creating, which is “Gather Ye Rosebuds.”  Kramer said about the painting, “Throughout this year, I’ve been reminded of my own mortality, the shortness of life, and the importance of enjoying small, meaningful moments before they pass. I feel like I was conveying some of this in my painting “Gather Ye Rosebuds,” incorporating Waterhouse’s “The Soul of the Rose” as a backdrop. We need to enjoy the simple, fleeting instances of peace and beauty, as we never know when things will fall apart and come crashing down.  Advice that is obviously easier said than done….”

 

When asked about doing a duet show together Lange responded referring one of Kramer’s painting’s “Never Let Go,” “It’s a wonderful thing to admire the artist creating the painting today and the master that created the original piece that Patrick is using as reference.” Kramer added, “It’s been fun preparing a show with Robert where I get to mine art history. I’ve discovered I really enjoy expressing something new by exploring the past. I also love being able to incorporate the figure into my work. Still life painting can be static and boring, so it is great to have stories from art history to incorporate into my work, steering their narratives into new directions. “

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios