Approved: 16.08.2006

Martin Lang

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Approved: 16.08.2006

My landscapes reference science fiction and dystopian post-nuclear worlds. Yet, they also remind us of the landscapes we occupy; urban spaces left to dereliction and abandonment. Or are they terrorist, or military, training camps? Creating images, which sit on the edge of our recognition, allows us to be lured into believing in these places much as we "believe" many of the manipulated and

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

My landscapes reference science fiction and dystopian post-nuclear worlds. Yet, they also remind us of the landscapes we occupy; urban spaces left to dereliction and abandonment. Or are they terrorist, or military, training camps? Creating images, which sit on the edge of our recognition, allows us to be lured into believing in these places much as we "believe" many of the manipulated and enhanced images that surround us. But if the viewer is lured into believing in these places then it is only to be undone, left flat by the realisation that it's all actually just consumerist junk (mainly packaging) and that far from offering escapist science fiction worlds we cannot avoid the obvious fact of its materiality. As with the postmodern sublime, the experience ends in uncertainty rather than pleasure and it turns our thoughts back on themselves rather than freeing them. You don't escape into the picture; instead the viewer is caught in a dead-end meditation on the impossibility of escaping. My places are no-places but are laden with potential meaning and open to being populated by the viewers' imagination and fears.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, London 2006 - PGCE PCET in Art & Design, University of Greenwich, London 2004 - PG Dip Fine Art, The Cyprus College of Art, Lempa, Paphos, Cyprus 2002 - BA (Hons) Fine Art; Painting and Drawing, The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield Solo exhibitions 2004 - Moments, Cyprus College of Art Gallery, Lempa, Cyprus 2003 - New Paintings, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Group exhibitions 2011 - A.R.G. (Art Redistribution Group), Arcadia Missa Gallery, Peckham, London 2011 - Creekside Open (selected by Dexter Dalwood), A.P.T. Gallery, Deptford, London 2011 - ko-ax Photo, Mascalls Gallery, Kent 2010 - Group Exhibition, Deutsche Post Bank , London 2010 - i swore, i sore, The Nunnery Gallery - Bow Arts Trust, London 2010 - Propositions, Institute of Contemporary Art, London 2010 - SCOPOS [the watcher], Kaleidoscope Gallery, Kent 2009 - Group Exhibition, Deutsche Post Bank, London 2009 - Intersections, The Nunnery Gallery - Bow Arts Trust, London 2007 - Forging Links, Worthing Museum, Worthing 2006 - First Class Post, The Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone 2006 - SEOS, The Peter Blake Gallery, Dartford 2006 - The Bentlif Art Prize, The Bentlif Art Gallery, Maidstone 2005 - Art in Mind, La Viande Gallery, London 2004 - Cyprus College of Art: Paintings by Post-Graduate Students and Tutors of Cyprus College of Art, Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca, Cyprus 2004 - Post Graduate Degree Show, En Plo Gallery, Paphos, Cyprus 2004 - The Kent Open, The County Gallery, Maidstone 2003 - Upstairs, round the corner..., Market Buildings, Maidstone 2001 - Parameters, Public Art, The Orangery, Wakefield 2001 - West Ella Contemporary Art Fair, Touring, Arlington Park Race Course/The West Ella Gallery, Chicago IL Residencies 2004 - Artist in Residence, The Art and Wild Nature Foundation, Episkopi, Cyprus 2001 - TEA Initiative Residency, Public Arts, Wakefield Public commissions 2001 - Temporary Public Art Commision, Public Art, Wakefield Educational experience - tertiary 2006 - Further Education Lecturer, The University College for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Kent