Artist and writer Steven Lang received his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His visual work has been featured locally at the Soap Factory, Rosalux Gallery, and Soo Visual Arts Center. He was the recipient of a Loft Mentor Award for 2013-2014, and was a recent resident artist at Elsewhere, a living museum set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.
His S.C.A.N.S. series seeks to reveal the “savagely grotesque, arch, silly…” (in the words of Hollis Frampton) qualities which lurk behind usual photographic depictions intended to appeal to the senses. By using a flatbed scanner rather than a camera he is able to compress the perceptual distance between subject and object. On one hand, the highly detailed work appears as a kind of document or specimen and on the other is almost confrontational in its directness.