The Boston Sculptors Gallery presents Flights of Fancy, an exhibition of sculpture by the late artist David A. Lang. Featuring a diverse range of work created throughout his career, the exhibition includes Lang’s signature kinetic pieces. Set off by motion detectors, the sculptures come to life when closely inspected by viewers. Flights of Fancy explores the whimsical, yet serious nature of an artist who preferred to describe his efforts as “accidentally profound.”
Cunning wit and word play define much of the work. Wrapture presents an invisible body encased in a straight jacket with paper wings flapping above where a head should be. First Strike, a tongue in cheek reference to military action, features tiny American flags on match heads moving back and forth above a strip of sandpaper. Perhaps the most poignant works reference classical mythology. The well-worn boots in Odysseus and the wheeled contraption in Daedalus signify a creative journey, while gently undulating paper wings express flights of imagination that both amuse and inspire.
Although Lang’s creative output was cut tragically short when his car collided with a deer in 2017, he enjoyed a long and successful career as both artist and educator. With degrees in biology and medical illustration from Harvard Medical School, Lang was a scientific illustrator in Harvard’s chemistry department before joining the art faculty at the Middlesex School in Concord, MA. The recipient of the Puffin Foundation grant and other awards, Lang exhibited venues including the Attleboro Museum of Art, Babson and Bentley Colleges, Clark University, Danforth Art, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the Boston Sculptors Gallery, where he was an active member for ? years. Lang’s monumental sculpture The Question Is the Answer is showcased at the Fuller Craft Museum as part of its permanent collection.
David A. Lang: Flights of Fancy runs concurrently with Jessica Straus: TransAtlantic. Please note that the gallery will be closed December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019.