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Art October, 16 2011

Wes Lang ‘Life And How To Live It’ at V1 Gallery – Recap

Today we take a look at the new Wes Lang ‘Life And How To Live It’ exhibition, which opened on Friday night at Copenhagen’s V1 Gallery.

“The exhibition offers, as the title indicates, a personal reflection on how to navigate life. It is not a self-help or how to guide. It is an interlinked series of meditations on being. Being Wes Lang and being all of us. The subject matter is personal universal, complex and mundane; friends and mentors, dead, alive or both. Good times, bad times and the value of each. The hazards of living, enjoying life, cigarettes and drink, in the light of our impending death. Love for one, for many and briefly for all. The rage and acceptance of not going gentle into that good night.

The works reference a diverse and eclectic selection of artists and thinkers such as Walt Whitman, Ram Dass, Bob Dylan, Cy Twombly, The Grateful Dead, Glenn Gould, Chet Baker, Martin Kippenberger and Jean Michel Basquiat amongst others. In Wes Lang’s work, these references bleed into a song about appreciating life. Be here now. A path through uncertain times, a personal letter expressing confidence in self doubt, beauty, ugliness and human abilities. The letter ends with the words ”Eyes Of The World – Best Wishes” in the painting titled “Freedom Machine” featuring a large portrait of the grim reaper.”

The exhibition, which runs until 12th of November 2011, showcases an impressive range of drawings and bronze skull sculptures, sitting on marble sockets.

Take a look after the jump.

(Images via LaMJC)

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