Scenes from the Side of the Road
Scenes from the Side of the Road features the work of Denver artist, Jamie Lang. Through a successful crowd-sourcing campaign, Lang created a collaborative mural employing images taken by the artist, or contributed by the general public. Lang uses the photos to create large composites of cast adobe tiles, constructed through a process of encaustic and image transfer. By inviting people to send him photos of their daily lives, he encourages them to take a moment, look around, and capture the things they might miss in their daily routines. Through this process, he hopes to explore how “our subconscious influences have a direct link to our self-identity.” This particular piece featured 90 photographs by over 45 contributors from around the country. In addition, the exhibition included tiles that reference architectural structure, pattern, and ornamentation, and exude a sometimes haunting, sometimes romantic sense of presence and longing.
Jamie Lang received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and pursued graduate studies in ceramics at the State University of New York, New Paltz. Lang’s works have been shown widely in over fifty art fairs, nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and have been recognized by several grants and awards. Venues include: Northern Clay Center; Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California; and the past two biennial Colorado Clay exhibitions (2012, 2014) at the Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado. Lang’s work alludes to time, history, and memory, whether it’s a three-dimensional cube that references the architecture of the home, or a painting that references wallpaper. Lang was NCC’s former Exhibition Director and Curator, and relocated to Denver, Colorado four years ago to pursue his art-making full time.