seattle

Craig Langager

Foster/White Gallery

Craig Langager’s 1977 solo show of abstract paintings consisted primarily of constructions of handcast cotton pulp paper, rhoplex and pigment in which the most recognizable image was that of an aerial landscape view. Rectangles with deckled edges, they also revolved around what Langager calls “atomospheric” color: sky blue, honey yellow, hazy pink. His new work shows a radical shift in color and scale. The dour, earthy palette is reminiscent of Brice Marden and certain paintings of Clyfford Still. The enlarged size sets in motion the underlying theme in Langager’s art: the relationship between geographical environment and contemporary art.

Not strictly paintings per se (the pigment is mixed into the material) nor sculptures in a traditional, free-standing sense, the new pieces fall into two other categories. Most of the exhibition space is filled with large (5-foot square) slabs hung on

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