A self-instructive view seen through the workroom of Thomas.


Thomas Langley’s luminous space located in central London contains a hand-made skateboard ramp occupying the entire floor space, serving to the artist as an open sketchbook, directly alluding to the pursuit that could mostly distract him from making art, and converting it into a work which the artist might reassemble into sections for his show at the Royal Academy Schools. In addition, the walls aren’t desolated—occupying the space are strong self-instructive statements including “Buy Mum a House”, “Wanking Is Nice”, “Shiny As Fuck”, “This Is My Fucking Painting”, “Make It Better”, and “Blah Blah Blah”– not to mention the skateboard, sofas, stools, or solitary beach chair placed in the room. Here is where artist Thomas Langley turns his studio space into his sketchbook, and assembles and reassembles his reflections into works, finding ourselves in a a situation in which we are explicitly presented to the artist’s stream of awareness. We recently caught up with the artist during his solo show at Unit 1 Gallery I Workshop, where the artist approaches responsibility through his practice, which, in the words of Langley “until now has been a constant negation.”

All photography by Delilah Olson © DATEAGLE ART 2017

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