Past exhibits and events with Northwind
2013 Coming Unbound
I work with acrylic paint, graphite and ink, as well as generous amounts of glitter, paper, and various recycled materials.
When I am working I think in terms of a ZOOM in/ZOOM out quality of life: zoom in on the immediate, food, jokes, bills, lovers, traffic, temperature . . . zoom out to ocean size, solar system, sugar molecules in space, planets made entirely of diamond, a planet made entirely of diamond, vastness, universe, multiverse . . . repeat. This is wrapped up in a fragile/epic, childlike awareness that so much is happening all at once; that tigers and happy hour exist on the same planet, that Jupiter and Twinkies share a solar system. I find these times of wonder powerfully beautiful, disturbing, comforting, overwhelming, enlightening and unpredictable.
Most of my work is a hybrid of two opposing approaches. One, loose painting techniques: dripping, pours, flow and scatters which effectively represent natural elements – weather, water, clouds, smoke, etc. And the other, using architects’ tools, templates and compasses to rigorously draw controlled lines, concentric circles, grids and repetitive dots; using these to reflect structures and infrastructures that we build.
I am influenced by the look of outer space, computer chips, dramatic weather, electric circuits, decay, rock-n-roll glamour, plans and diagrams, b-rate sci-fi control panels, urban environments, fluid turbulence, engineering schematics and architectural drawings.
Northwest native Counsel Langley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Her paintings have been widely exhibited regionally and nationally, including venues such as the Northwest Museum of Art, Roq la Rue and the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Her work is held by numerous private collections nationally and is included in the Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection. Images of Langley’s work has appeared in select print publications, including Filter Literary Journal and Poetry Northwest and has been featured on online at Beautiful/Decay, Trickhouse, SupersonicElectronic, Robot Mafia and others. She resides in Port Townsend, WA with her husband and three children.