Based in South West London, Charlie Lang is an artist graduating from University of the Arts London in 2017 with a Masters in Fine Art Degree and focuses predominantly on minimalist sculpture using typically brutalist and industrial material.
Charlie's sculptures ride on brute materiality and a floppy sense of humour. With raw materials like concrete and steel, he marries their urban, hard and stern qualities with a bentness, sag and bow. They invite our connotations of strength, purpose and construction that we are all familiar with, as building blocks of the most substantial man-made objects we encounter; buildings, bridges, roads. These ties to the outside world become part of how his sculptures are shaped in the context of the studio or gallery, by an aversion of wanting to play to the materials usual destinies and unwritten rules. How can they be repurposed to fight the reasons they were created? Reduce a material down to its irreducible qualities and repurpose what is left behind? How can its remaining parts be exploited?
Often when working with the materials a conversation emerges between their space and their materiality. The scale these materials are used to being labored with in the world is often at odds with the space available to me. They ask to be bigger than big, and Charlie responds with regret, whilst stuffing them into what space he can. What results is a monumentality with its belt tightened and a colossal indulgence in daftness and absurdity.
|Signature Art Prize||Degree Art||Winner||2021|