David Lang builds interactive kinetic sculpture that is narrative in nature. It is both whimsical and serious, graceful and awkward, understated and at the same time conspicuously complex.
The work is, by and large, gas welded from steel wire, rods, fabricated into something often resembling vehicles, portrayed on very delicate wheels, some large and some quite small. The wheels themselves represent the passage of time. Motion and movements are very subtle and elegant. Everything interacts smoothly, if not by very small margins and the work is slow and understated.
The work seems to give the impression that the rules are often in flux, but if you observe for long enough and allow yourself to become drawn in, everything comes into alignment. There is a balancing point between the machine and the observer, who in fact becomes an active participant in its existence.
David A. Lang