SHINY STUFF

Lange + Ayers, April 2019


April 5, 5-8PM


Artist(s):

Robert Lange + George Ayers

About the Exhibit

Lange and Ayers are known for their attention to detail and often paint shiny reflective surfaces in their quest for realism. Lange takes a playful more surreal approach in a few of the works for this exhibit…

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Shiny Stuff

Realists Robert Lange and George Ayers’ Oil Paintings

On view: April 5 – 27

Opening Reception: April 5, 5-8pm

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Shiny Stuff, features the works of oil painters Robert Lange and George Ayers.  Gallery owner and artist Robert Lange says of the exhibit, “Our objective for this show was to make truly unique paintings that explore reflective surfaces.” All are welcome at the April 5 opening reception from 5-8 where both artists will be on hand to answer questions.

 

“Most of Robert and my shows have a shiny object or two but this body of work will be more like a Christmas parade or Times Square, shiny things everywhere!” said Ayers.

 

Lange and Ayers are known for their attention to detail and often paint shiny reflective surfaces in their quest for realism. Lange takes a playful more surreal approach in a few of the works for this exhibit and adds tiny animals into the composition, including a tiger in a bowl. “I always aim for levity in my work and I believe shiny objects are instantly a bit playful,” said Lange. “When I was planning this show I wanted to explore the gamut of reflective surfaces, so I started collecting reflective containers and small objects. Now, I must admit the collection is rather quirky and extensive.”

 

While Lange was collecting objects, Ayers was on his own shiny path. His recent work had been mostly large-scale depictions of food art. So, for this show he went to the grocery store in hopes of discovering some reflective food. He returned home with both a candy apple and a slimy squid. “Although I don’t consider myself a “food artist” I do tend to paint a lot of food related pieces. It was fun working that food theme into the shiny concept rather than painting only more traditional metal surfaces,” said Ayers. “Shiny surfaces impart a feeling of perfection or refinement to me. A perfectly varnished teak cap rail on a sailboat comes to mind. Having lived on boats and enjoyed sailing for many years I always enjoyed and appreciated the hard work involved in sanding and varnishing a perfectly smooth teak surface that shined in the afternoon sunlight”

 

Both artist’s previous shows have been defined by narrative elements; telling stories to tie the paintings together, this exhibits common theme of all things shiny allows the artists to painting anything and everything.

 

“I’ve been wanting to use a Perrier can in a still life piece for a while now and a shiny theme is the perfect opportunity. Reflective surfaces usually entail painting other objects that are reflected in the surface which is often silver. The deep green color of the can however has its own personality and when paired with the large font and subtle graphics makes for an appealing surface. Even though it is in the background it is the main subject as far as I’m concerned. I chose a candy apple for similar reasons. The reflections are somewhat more subdued as the surface isn’t perfect like glass or metal, but a deep red shiny candy surface is hard not to love,” said Ayers.

 

Overall the exhibit is the perfect example of both artists’ desire to break past the ordinary and expected. Lange says, “Spreading joy and wonder is kind of my goal in life and this show has created a perfect opportunity for me to do that.”

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Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios