Throughout his long career, Lang has always meditated on painting and techniques. Whether he is creating a painting, “painting” a flower garden, or more recently, creating a video piece based on the process of painting which ends with layer upon layer of color, the same way Lang paints, his final word is always on the painting process. About his video work, Lang has said, “The format of this piece is like being inside one of my paintings. The piece is about color, speed, light, space and time. It is a very dense construction that is shifting continually. It is almost baroque. You can do your best to keep up with it, but what I do is keep my viewer on their toes.” (from the La Jolla Light, November 16, 2006, p. 22)
“My painting process is a vehicle for crossing the threshold. Simply put it is a spiritual adventure that employs discipline and savors changeability. The wellspring source of the work is a mutating truth, which is what I nurture and what I am.
It has been said that the work has an uplifting affect on the viewer. This is not surprising to me when I consider that the process is ultimately a pleasure driven meditation on accumulating and organizing energy, while investigating the potential of color. The completion of a painting can take from several months to a few years. For me they are testimonials, and the process an event.
The paintings define infinity in their own terms, and are visual odysseys that both welcome and hold the viewer in epic time and space. The painted object is a vehicle for transforming the moment, the power of which is unleashed in its presence.”
— Gary Lang, NYC 1998
In a 1988 article for Art in America, Stephen Westfall wrote:
“In Lang’s paintings, a refreshed modernist classicism stands forth. What makes them modern is not a nostalgia for purist geometry and interactive color, but rather a contemporary awareness of the virtues of equivocation.”