Russell Leng: Temporary Tunnels

Date(s) - November 23, 2017 - November 25, 2017
All Day

17 West Broadway

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For FIELD Contemporary Russell Leng presents 8 new double-sided paintings incorporated into a site-specific installation.

Russell Leng is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver. His paintings involve discovery as both method and content, using cues from other searching practices such as metal-detecting, rescue missions, and archaeological field-work. His studio practice is centered around written narratives about a lone character who surveys unfamiliar spaces as they search for, and dig up objects. These findings are then collected and preserved. As objects emerge from the fictional ground, the paintings themselves become new sites where traces are uncovered, documented, and preserved through layers of paint and other materials. Leng incorporates disparate materials such as construction chalk, silicone, or holographic foil, challenging material convention around 2-D mediums. Processes such as sanding, cutting, and collaging intentionally disrupt artistic predictability and expand on the theme of exposing forms underneath both fictional surfaces from the written text, and the physical surface of the painting. The imagery suggests spaces such as caves, topographical maps, or found arrangements of abstract forms. Representation is eschewed for the fragmentary, ambiguous, and partially revealed. Leng’s work invites the viewer to remain in a posture of an investigation while inhabiting the uncertainty of their own findings within each work.

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