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Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery

 PALACE GARDENS: Martin Lang and Thomas Wharton

PALACE GARDENS: Martin Lang and Thomas Wharton.

February 17 - March 24, 2023

Lang and Wharton investigate material, space, and symbol through a restrained aesthetic language. The artists are interested in the viewers’ movement through space and choose materials or perspectives that change as the audience moves around an artwork. Their work is both monumental and quiet, giving one the feeling of walking through a palace garden of vast organized partitions that are immensely detailed, intricate, and precise when examined with attention. 


Lang creates wall-mounted, anodized aluminum panel structures, some installed with monitors and speakers, some with objects and artifacts that investigates the artist as persona, contemporary product fads, design and branding, text and language, and ego and identity. 


Through a pared-down vocabulary of rectangles and circles, Wharton creates drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculptures, to explore how light and shadow define physical space and create illusions, reflections, and moods.