Gathering and rearranging American iconography and imagery of flags, cowboys, eagles and skulls, Wes Lang draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice that include Philip Guston, Martin Kippenberger, and Cy Twombly. He also incorporates clippings of found images from newspapers.
Using iconic imagery from the visual universe of American biker culture where Playboy pin-up girls, curved motorbikes, and Native Americans represent the main associations to the continent and its history, Lang re-creates his life story through the borrowed words of his favorite songs. Blending his own personality and way of life with the fictional and propagated ways of the American dream, he transfers these pictures onto artworks, but also onto different useful items. Lang’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the United States and Europe.
Wes Lang lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.