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October 7, 2023 - October 28, 2023

Langston Allston

A Passing Love (Gallery I)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, October 7, 2023 6:00-10:00pm

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Thinkspace Projects presents:

‘A Passing Love’
(Gallery I)

In the Main Gallery, Thinkspace Projects is pleased to present ‘A Passing Love’, the gallery’s sophomore solo exhibition with artist Langston Allston. Allston conveys real stories and experiences with striking colors. He addresses his work with hope, with curiosity, and with the quiet sadness of knowing nothing is ever going to be the same.

Artist Statement:
The show is sort of a return to some of the themes and ideas that I was working on in my 2020 show “No Peace”. That body of work featured tight compositions with flames reflected on the relatively serene faces of the figures in my paintings. The summer of 2020 was full of fire and chaos for me, and I couldn’t help but dive into those feelings and visuals in the work I was creating during that time.

This summer has felt like a return to that pervasive feeling of chaos. With fires erupting in the swamps, and smoke clouding the skies across the country, it’s impossible not to wonder what the world will look like when the heat of summer passes and we are left to pick up the pieces yet again.

The title pays tribute to a Langston Hughes poem “Passing Love”

Because you are to me a song
I just not song you over-long.

Because you are to me a prayer
I cannot say you everywhere.

Because you are to me a rose-
You will not stay when summer goes.

About Langston Allston
Langston Allston is a painter and muralist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He splits his time between New Orleans and Chicago, Illinois and finds inspiration for his work in the everyday moments that make each city unique and beautiful. His work has been featured at the Contemporary Art Center, in New Orleans, the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, in Brooklyn, and is in the permanent collection of the City of New Orleans. Allston has also created public art throughout Chicago for community organizations like the Blocc, and the Mural Movement, and for major brands like the Chicago Bulls.