By Lana Crossman
Celestial and bestial bodies of work converge in Laura Langford’s Flat Nature exhibition, launched on March 9 at the Hintonburg Public House
The exhibition includes Langford’s Moon series of marbled orbs and her Sustainable Taxidermy series of two dimensional trophy game. The flattened nature of the objects and the treatment of their material – 16 gauge steel – draw attention to their surfaces. For example, Langford’s stylized deer, lions and bears have a soft, cast-iron look that that feels at home in the restaurant’s rustic, hip décor. Her lunar pieces with their serendipitously cosmic-patterned surfaces invite flights of whimsy.
“My art is another way for me to create this feeling of home.”
Langford has already earned attention as a furniture designer. She’s been called one of “Ottawa’s People to Watch in 2016 (Ottawa Citizen), and was named among 30 of Canada’s best furniture designers. Her designs have been featured in the Toronto Star, CityLine and Style at Home.
“With my design work, I’m always looking for ways to make a house feel comfortable and inviting. But that doesn’t stop with furniture. My art is another way for me to create this feeling of home,” said Langford.
The artist also enjoys being able to create pieces that are more accessible in price than furniture. Langford’s works in the Flat Nature show range from $75 to $180.
Flat Nature will be on view at the Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington W) until May 7. To see more of Laura Langford’s work, visit www.lauralangford.ca.