Addie Langford lives and works in Detroit. Langford’s practice draws on her varied background in painting, ceramics, drawing, fabrics, and structural influences from architecture and craft. Her work is marked by layering and uneven densities in relation to the support, and a hyper-exposure of materials to subtle natural forces (water, pressure, layering, erosion, thinning, thickening), not in order to destroy, but to form, warp or shape. Her works archive the subtle deformation of natural and imposed stresses. She completed her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in ceramics after a BFA in architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2006-07 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Madrid, Spain, where she conducted research on tapestry in relation to contemporary collage. Drawing upon her Fulbright research she completed and exhibited a body of large scale mixed media drawings, Slow Knots, in 2007 in Madrid. Since then, her practice has focused on painting, mixed media collage, and ceramics. She is crafts and collections editor and co-founder of Detroit Research, a Journal for post-studio art, choreography, ceramics, music, performance, and critical theory. Her solo exhibition of paintings and ceramic vessels, A Timeless Elsewhere, can be seen at the Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit through October 9.
21st Century Abstract Painting and SculptureSeptember 28th-October 28th, 2016
Curated by Gerald Jackson