Interview with DC Langer




Brooklyn born DC Langer was born an artist. She began painting as a child along side her artist mother, to fuel her growing creativity, or perhaps to stop her from talking so much, or eating all day. DC's energy is clearly seen in her art-- the colors bounce clear off the canvas. Her fascination with light and dynamic color has formed the foundation for her art. Her keen color perception is called "synaesthesia", which is the innate fusion of the senses--something that is shared with only one in 250,000 people.

DC's first commissioned assignment, at age 13, was the design of a 48'x14' New York City billboard, giving her international exposure. Many jobs followed, propelling DC into a career as an illustrator and fine artist. A graduate of Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts,DC's work has been shown around the world and has won international acclaim in various competitions, including The Society of Illustrators, Art Direction Magazine and Studio Magazine's Silver Award.




Hi DC Langer, today MoW selected 5 of your artworks inspired by music. Can you tell MoW what was the music behind the artworks ? What inspired you to create them ? How music inspired them?

The music behind my visual art comes from a combination of listening to music, and my own experiences playing music.  I strive to communicate the actual feeling of playing music, and the dynamic passion I have when I do. 

Why is music important to you and your art? 

Also being a musician, music is a huge part of who I am. I play keyboards and flute. I also write, and I've had many years experience playing on stage. I'm flattered when my collectors say the art comes alive when they are listening to music, and viewing the art. Music/art/color... all related.

If you had to choose between the artworks presented today, which of your artwork would be your favorite? And why ?

My faves change moment to moment, but at this moment, choosing from the 5 pieces you have selected, I'd have to say "GUITAR 3000" jazzes me the most. No wait, "EAST OF THE SUN" , no wait.....(just kidding).  GUITAR 3000-- because i'm listening to an awesome jazz guitar piece this very moment. 

Can you tell MoW more about the techniques you used. How old is your technique? How did it start? How long does it take you to make an artwork?

Growing up, I painted in oils and acrylics. (My mother is also a painter). For the past few years, I dove into the world of technology, and started painting digitally. I use a Wacom pen tablet, like a canvas, and Photoshop. I have the art made into limited and open edition giclee prints on canvas, and often embellish them with acrylic paint, so no two are exactly alike. 

Many people ask me how long it takes me to finish a piece. If I thought about it, I wouldn't be in the 'zone'. Each piece has a life of its own.  Sometimes, i'm just not satisfied with a particular piece, and it's quite maddening when it's just not 'good enough'. At that point, I leave it, and come back to it, when I feel compelled. Other times, it flows easily.

Do you have plans on creating new artworks insipired by music ?

Oh yes. Always. I think my entire world is designed around music and art. 

Do you listen to music when you’re working ? If so, what kind of music ?

I do listen to music, pretty much all day. Often, I listen to jazz and Latin. Other times I like the groove of techno, and techno-chill.

What is the song you liked the most lately? The album? What was the last gig you went to ?

I'm loving "Times Square" by Dave Frank, from the album, "Portrait of New York". He's an amazing jazz pianist.

Since I moved to San Diego, from Miami, and before that, Boston, and before that, New York, I haven't gone to many gigs. Nor have I played many gigs. I move a lot. lol

Are you a musician yourself ? If so can you tell MoW more about your music projects ? 

Yes, I am a musician. I started playing flute at 8 years old, and piano at 10. I play a little guitar, but my fortes are keyboards and flute. I grew up playing classical. In high school,  besides school band and orchestra, I played in rock and jazz bands. In college, and beyond, I played tons of gigs...mostly blues, and a little reggae with a bluesy twist. I also did a lot of recording-- writing, and being a session player. I have a few published tunes as well. 


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