Mike Linskie: The Estate of Robert J. Lang
March 29 - May 5, 2018
CPM is proud to present Mike Linskie - the Estate of Robert J. Lang. This exhibition will run from March 29 – May 5, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 29, 6:30 – 8:30pm.
In 2015, Mike Linskie purchased a stack of over 300 drawings by a man named Robert J. Lang at a flea market next to an RV park in Jacksonville,Florida. Over the next several years, this collection of drawings and the real and imagined biography of Robert J. Lang began to intermingle with his own life and work. This exhibition presents Mike Linskie’s and Robert J. Lang’s drawings together—reflecting and informing each other.
I’m a very sick person
It is likely that Robert J. Lang’s drawings were made while spending months or years in a Florida hospital bed around the year 2004. Though it is unclear what kept him in the hospital for so long, Lang wrote notes on the back of the drawings that provide some insight into his life and circumstance:
- He was a veteran
- He had a family and friends: Mrs. Lang, John Lang, George, Luize’s son, Brian, Patterson, Karry (owner of truck), Sherrie, Kathy
- There are dozens of 1-800 numbers and notes for doctors and lawyers
- He may have suffered from lung cancer, specifically Mesothelioma
- May have needed false teeth
Lang’s obsessive drawings may have been a way to cope with pain or the prospect of death. Each millimeter of paper is densely covered with marker, pen, and glitter gel pens—manic patterns, and psychedelic swirling motifs. But they are more than just a way to pass time—each drawing is also signed and claimed as a finished work. The massive quantity of these finished drawings and the psychological weight of the context in which they were made begins to illuminate Lang’s mental state.
There is something hiding in plain site in both Mike Linskie’s and Robert J. Lang’s works. The fissure between how the drawings look and what they represent opens into a vast loneliness. The drawings are colorful, flamboyant, crafty, friendly, idiosyncratic—they are heavy.
Mike Linskie (Born 1987, New Jersey) lives and works in Queens, New York. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014) and a BA from Temple University (2010). Collecting is a major part of Linskie’s practice—he has collections of Celebrity autographs inscribed “To Mike,” finger obstruction photographs, Mexican Spider-Man marionettes, Carnival chalk, frog postcards, and quilts.
January 20 - February 3, 2018
Catbox Contemporary is pleased to participate in, “The Big Short”, a curated survey of alternative gallery spaces at The Artist’s Institute (NY, NY). Participating venues include; 57 Cell, Custom Program, Essex Flowers, helper, Pay Fauxn, Plug Dumpster, Tête-à-Tête, and Water Mcbeer. The show is organized by Patrick Mohundro and Emily Janowick.
For the exhibit, Catbox Contemporary is launching a new satellite space, Catbox Catellite, which functions as an intermittent traveling version of the gallery. To inaugurate the new space, artist Mike Linskie has prepared an exhibition of new works, titled “Morning Sand”. For the show, Linskie utilizes the ephemeral nature of sand and the beach to externalize his interior life. The result is a set of contemplative and theatrical paintings, drawings and sculptures. This is Linskie’s second show with the gallery.
An opening will be held on Saturday, January 20th, 6-8 PM, in The Artist’s Institute’s basement, 132 E 65th St, (NY, NY). The Big Short is on display from January 20th to February 3rd, 2018.
Christmas in Hawaii
January 22 – February 25, 2017
Cat Box Contemporary is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Mike Linskie, the artist’s first with the gallery, and his debut solo exhibition in New York.
“Christmas in Hawaii” spans Linskie’s repertoire of mediums including quilts, collages and photographs. Most of the show is of recent work but also includes never before seen photographs from early 2015.
A credit to Linskie’s work is its ability to charm the viewer at first with its “dumbness” or “wrongness” but then opens its emotional undercurrents of love, loneliness, and desire.
Mike Linskie (b. 1987, New Jersey) received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 and his B.A. from Temple Univesity in 2010. He currently lives and works in Ridgewood, NY. Recent group exhbitions include Happy Hour, Art Helix, Brooklyn, 2015, Quiltfest 2015, Jacksonville Convention Center, Jacksonville, Florida, 2015; Melbourne International Animation Festival, Flemington, Victoria, Australia, 2015; Exquisite Corpse, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2014.