Monday, May 30, 2011

Accepted to my FIRST EXHIBIT that I applied for!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm - COMING out! :)  I got accepted to exhibit my art in a huge show - hooray.  These are the schools I competed against.    
The Art Institute of Boston (MFA) 
Rhode Island School of Design (MFA) 
Boston University (MFA)     
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA, Post-Bac) 
Brandeis University (Post-Bac)    
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MFA) 
Johnson State College (MFA)    
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MFA) 
Maine College of Art (MFA)    
University of New Hampshire (MFA) 
Massachusetts College of Art (MFA)  
Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA) 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MFA) 
Yale School of Art (MFA) 

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From: Boston Young Contemporaries BYC <>
Date: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 5:31 PM
Subject: BYC 2011

Dear Ya Langford,

Thank you for your submission to the 2011 Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition. We are pleased to inform you that the following pieces were accepted:

Percorso di amore

We congratulate you and look forward to seeing you at the opening and awards reception on July 15th at 808 Commonwealth Gallery.

Your piece must be hand delivered to the gallery between July 5th - 9th. All work exhibited at the 808 Gallery must be ready to hang, complete with all necessary hardware and installation instructions where applicable.

The exhibition will be open to the public from July 15 to August 14, 2011. Since this is a student run show, all artists represented in the show are asked to volunteer time to sit in the gallery. There will be a sign-up sheet at the time that you drop off your work.  We ask that you offer your time in this joint effort to promote the show. If someone is interested in purchasing your piece during the show, we will refer them directly to you. At the end of the show, your work must be picked up between August 14-17, 2011.

Please reply to this email, accepting or declining the invitation to participate in this exhibition before June 3rd, 2011. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us using this email address.

We look forward to seeing your work and meeting you.



Boston Young Contemporaries
Boston University
School of Visual Arts
855 Commonwealth Ave. Room 552
Boston, 02215


Also --- here is a pic of my happy customer: 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2 artist influences & Kuba in Action...

Hello and sorry it is has been some time.  I have been busy creating.  So I have two new interesting artist that I find very interesting;

Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was a German painter and photographer.
Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matter and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products. In the last 20 years, he produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them.
The anarchistic element of the work Polke developed, was largely engendered by his mercurial approach. His irreverence for traditional painting techniques and materials and his lack of allegiance to any one mode of representation has established his now-respected reputation as a visual revolutionary. It was not unusual for Polke to combine household materials and paint, lacquers, pigments, screen print and transparent sheeting in one piece. A complicated "narrative" is often implicit in the multi-layered picture, giving the effect of witnessing the projection of a hallucination or dream through a series of veils.

Joseph Beuys (German pronunciation: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; May 12, 1921 – January 23, 1986), was a German performance artist,sculptorinstallation artistgraphic artistart theorist and pedagogue of art.
His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanismsocial philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his "extended definition of art" and the idea of social sculpture as a gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics. His career was characterized by passionate, even acrimonious public debate, but he is now regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

OK here is my paintings.  I am going to start with my process samples and then my bigger renditions.  
I explored more acrylic/dye/ink/bleach/egg/resin/alcohol/natural weathering - layered using both sides of the canvas  - soak stained dyed and weathered.  I throw myself into all of my paintings - in a spiritual context.  In my application/process, I become one with my paintings through a stain dying, walking, handling paint with my fingers, rubbing with my fist, touching, pushing and developing layers...ect.  Each of my paintings that I have given you in the link, is a piece of ME.  I approach each canvas in entirety - handling the front, back, top, sides and bottom pouring my heart, mind, body and soul. Each are confrontations, webs, mazes, struggles, hardships, victories that I work through within each of these canvases.  Also, I tie historical context into my present day reality. 

Smaller paintings: 

Bigger Paintings - 54 x 72 & 54 x 84