Art Statement/ Biography

2014

Art mediates arguments I have with God. The dull weight of traditional constructs rub against my feral sensibilities. I feel the need to shape my journey, to create something larger than myself, a world all my own. When I carve an edge I can reduce the world to supple forms and eliminate confusing contradiction. Printmaking is a way of collecting time, marking our days with blades and ink.
I am inspired by Japanese woodcut prints, the order and form and history. The German Expressionists also inspire me. I am looking for a place where there is fluidity with extra chaos held together with repetition, like a tangle of sticks on the shoreline, capturing the moment just before decay. I am fascinated with colors in mildew, rust, and shredded graffiti which I have matrixed for backgrounds for my new woodcut prints.
My designs are of Spartan lushness, to bind impressionist values with definitive marks cut into a surface, an eddy built by invisible stones. I use rhythm and competition to fracture the images like glass, only then to coalesce as a jigsaw puzzle. I abide by classic realism pushing it to abstraction with size. Nautical charts, mazes, and antique documents are the skins stretching over bone. The sand dune valleys that run between each image have become my entry into personality and physical presence. Making art is a fixing ritual- tossing spears into a empty field near the ancestral gate. Memes peek out of the forest whispering secrets.

Tracy Lang
Born: Florence, Oregon- February 8, 1971
Resides: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Education: 2007 Edge Program, Artist Trust, Centrum for the Arts
1988-89 Art Institute of Seattle
Studied with William Cumming

Current Exhibitions:
2015 Giant Cuts, Department of Ecology, Olympia, WA.
2015 Prints, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
2015 Prints, SPACECRAFT, Bainbridge Island, WA.

Solo Exhibitions
2014 Ink Retrospective 1999, SPACECRAFT, Bainbridge, WA.
2014 Tsunami Papers, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
2014 Tsunami Papers, Charette Gallery, Bainbridge, WA.
2012 New Work, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
2012 Tsunami Papers, OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2012 Artichoke, artsEAST Gallery, Issaquah, WA.
2011 Tsunami Papers, Blackbird, Bainbridge Island, WA.
2010 Sustainability Facilitation, Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce
2009 Shallow Cuts, OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2009 New Work, Frodel Gallery, Poulsbo, WA.
2008 Juxtapositions, Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, WA.
2008 Cuts, 4710 Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2008 Botanical, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
2007 Tracy Lang: New Work, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2006 Introducing Tracy Lang, Ochi Fine Arts, Ketchum, ID.
2005 Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2005 Woodblock Prints, Real Networks Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2004 Portraits, Real Networks Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2003 12 Cuts, Develop Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2002 Tracy Lang, Baas Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2001 New Work, Baas Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1999 Black on White, Trapeze Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1998 Women with Power Tools, Planet Eight Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1994 Aids Foundation Benefit, Heart to Art, Seattle, WA.

Group Exhibitions
2015 Grand Opening, Dendrocia Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2015 Second Annual Auction, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
2015 Our Town, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
2014 First Annual Auction, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
2013 Floating World: The Influence of Japanese Printmaking,
Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum ID.
2013 Tsunami Papers, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.
2013 Digital Transfers, Danger Gallery, Bainbridge, WA.
2012 Tsunami Papers, Columbia Tower Club, Seattle, WA.
2010 Without a Net III, Georgetown Art Center, Seattle WA.
2010 Wine Labels, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
2010 Tools, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
2009 Prozess, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City, NY.
2009 The Print, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2008 Lay of the Land, 108 Occidental Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2008 Living with Doom, Collective Visions, Bremerton, WA.
2008 Still Life, Artmine Gallery, Port Hadlock, WA.
2008 Who done it? Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2007 Baby Toys, Blackbird, Bainbridge Island, WA.
2007 Who am I?, 4710 Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2007 Baby Toys, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2005 Home for the Holidays, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2005 Letters and Numbers, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2004 Studio Sale 2004, Bainbridge Island, WA.
2003 Artists at work, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2003 Without a Net II, Develop Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2003 Black and White, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
2001 Open Studio Arts Orbit, Trapeze Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2001 Zee Easel Show, Grand Central Arcade, Seattle, WA.
2000 The Return of the Kalakala, Museum of History and Industry,
Seattle, WA.
1999 Circus of Desire, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1999 Neighborhood Show, Madrona Auto Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1999 Pub Art, Project 416, Seattle, WA.
1999 Without a Net, Art Space, Seattle, WA.
1998 Naked III, Trapeze Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1998 Recent Paintings, Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN.
1997 Naked II, Brave Dog, Dead Dog Gallery Seattle, WA.
1996 Naked, Pound Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Awards
2009 Honorarium, Bainbridge Arts and Humanities
2008 Honorarium, University of Puget Sound
2005 The Amy Award for Emerging Artists

Professional Experience
Owner Ryderville Ink, 2013-present
Director of Fine Art at SPACECRAFT 2015
Figurative Drawing Facilitator/
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 2013-present
Owner Lang Design, 2010-1013
Guest Instructor, University of Puget Sound 2008
Art Advisor and Illustrator for Knock Magazine
Antioch University 2008-2010
Proprietor of Lang Arts 2001-2010
Owner of Trapeze Gallery 1998-2001
Co-founder of Trapeze Artist Studio and Collective
1995-2007
Owner of Naked Nation Fine Art, Pike Place Market
1996-2000

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