When: March 8-May 7 2022
Do you have a stash of albums but don’t actually play them anymore? Wonder why you’re still carting those heavy records around but can’t quite let go? You might take inspiration from Katherine Clarke Langlands. The Stowe-based artist known for her vibrant abstract paintings and sculptures has applied her joyful palette to — wait for it — melted vinyl. Melted just enough, that is, to cut and shape the material into tiny sculptures she calls “visual rhythms.” That’s also the name of her current exhibit at Minema Gallery in Johnson. In the one-room venue, Langlands has scattered the little, colorful shapes on the walls, attached with magnets. Joining them in the exhibition are painted bits of found driftwood — she calls them “Drifts” — and “line paintings” that she makes with a scraping tool and a brush. The parallel lines suggest the grooves on a vinyl record, she explains in an artist statement, making the 2D and 3D works aesthetic cousins. In truth, Langlands makes her mini sculptures from albums that are “usually scratched and beyond repair.” Or, as she puts it, they’re “beloved but partially obsolete objects.” But if your 1984 Purple Rain LP isn’t quite ready for melting, no judgment.