Jamie Lang is an award winning artist working in St. Paul, MN. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and pursued his Graduate studies in ceramics at the State University of New York, New Paltz. His work has been featured in several solo, juried and group exhibitions around the United States; including New York City, Chicago, and California. You can also find his work at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN; Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery in Boulder, CO; and Rift Gallery in Dixon, NM.
Jamie Lang's artwork consists of encaustic painting on handmade adobe tiles. Each structure is created by casting adobe into a mold and finished by adding layers of plaster, pigment, image transfers and wax to emphasize and decorate the rough surfaces. The altered surfaces of each layer assert the passage of time and the burying and recovery of memories. In his work, he’s been examining ideas of self-identity through subliminal influences: who we are, being defined by what we see when we’re looking at something else and by the spaces we occupy. Based on this, he recently also begin creating limited edition tiles with image transfers of photos he’s taken.
In my work, I have been examining notions of time and memory while referencing architectural structures and ornamentation. I have always been struck by the evidence of subconscious influences and their direct link to identity. The pieces are cast adobe tiles and the surfaces vary from simple worn patterns to multi painted layers. A layer of white wash is then applied and scraped or sanded to create a worn appearance. Some of these pieces are left with a raw surface and some incorporate layers of pigment followed by a layer(s) of encaustic. This technique emphasizes and decorates the rough surface. The altered surfaces of each layer assert the passage of time and the burying and recovery of memories.