Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition with Robert Lansden. As Within, So Without, will open with an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 19th from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibition will feature eleven new works on paper and will be on view through June 23.
Over the course of his career, Robert Lansden has quietly engaged in a minimalist approach to the question of new media in contemporary art through his meticulous drawings rendering data graphed from spontaneous algorithms. His work is characterized by a resemblance to computer-generated works on paper that give the illusion of warps in the fabric of space-time. Viewers are fascinated to discover that each mark is not artificial, but created solely by the hand of the artist in ink, gouache, or watercolor.
In this exhibition, Lansden expands his exploration of generative web-like patterns to include images of highly ordered architectural systems. Drawings like Arranging Time #2 (2018), and Surrender (2018), adhere to strict rectilinear borders that establish visible axis of symmetry, and retain the highly disciplined quality characteristic of Lansden’s body of work. These new works evoke the layered decorative stonework in powerful geometric design programs found in the Gothic cathedrals of Western Europe, step-wells in the Indian subcontinent, and pyramids around the globe.
The careful contemplative process necessary to create these tactile compositions can pull viewers into an almost trance-like state. Lansden’s deliberate approach to the medium of drawing maintains a strong connection to the legacy of conceptual artists like Agnes Martin and Sol Lewitt.
Robert Lansden lives and works in Norwalk, CT. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Atlanta College of Art in 1989, a Master of Library Science from Palmer School of Library & Information Science in New York in 1999, and a Master of Fine Art from Tulane University in 2005. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries, universities, and museums including the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile (AL), Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elder Gallery in Lincoln (NE), Nexus Center for Contemporary Art in Atlanta (GA), University of New Orlean’s Ogden Museum of Southern Art (LA), and Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn (NY).