"My work is about closeness - closeness to the surface of my paintings, to my subjects, and to the viewer. I see my paintings as a conduit between the viewer and myself, through which my experiences become theirs. I'm compelled to paint an image when it comes together in my mind with a particular way of putting down paint or a certain color idea. The various ways I touch the surface of the painting articulate my relationship to the image and shape its emotional narrative. My paintings, made from observational drawings, depict people I'm affected by in the spaces that surround me. I think of the images I use as a sign pointing in the direction of the psychological world of the paintings, and the color and texture as carrying most of their emotional weight. In my work I focus on love and desire because they are both fundamental human experiences, but also what mark me as different. My work is a response to the subtle but pervasive dehumanization of queerness. The feeling that the social structure I live in was never intended to include my form of sexuality drives me to make work which asserts the validity and necessity of queerness in the greater narrative of human sexuality and identity. Influenced by artists I admire, such as R.B Kitaj and Pierre Bonnard, I deploy mark making to "estrange" or "queer" my subjects, giving form to my point of view. By foregrounding color, gesture, and the tactility of paint I try to create a connection with a viewer that speaks to the shared sensations of the bodies we inhabit rather than the social categories that constrict us." -- Doron Langberg

 

Doron Langberg was born in 1985 in Yokneam Moshava, Israel, and currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received his MFA in 2012 from Yale University School of Art Painting Dept. and holds a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2010), a Certificate from PAFA (2010) and attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk (2009). Langberg's work was exhibited at Horton Gallery (NY, USA), Galerie Thomas Fuchs (Stuttgart, Germany), Anna Kustera Gallery, Ana Cristea Gallery (NY, USA), Capsule Gallery (Shanghai, China), the PAFA Museum and the Detroit Museum of New Art. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Yale Schoelkopf Travel Prize.

Langberg's work was featured in New American Paintings and Q Magazine at Yale and reviewed in NY Arts Magazine, Artcritical, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, and The Huffington Post Detroit, and it is in the collection of the PAFA Museum.