MEET GRACE LANG
ILLUSTRATOR, PAINTER, SCULPTOR
Where sculpture, paint and animated demons and warriors collide, you find Grace Lang. A native New Yorker and daughter of a major actor, Grace has creativity running through her veins. From street murals to figurines, Grace's style and vision has proved that it can take any form while remaining true to her aesthetic.
Since graduating from Parsons, Grace has released a number of different projects featuring her sculptures, pantings, and drawings. Bright colors bring a poppy vibe, while her masterful use of textures gives her work an otherworldly edge.
A proud metalhead, Grace's taste in music swings toward the darker, heavier end of the spectrum which has had a profound effect on her art. Her low-key, upbeat attitude is complimented by a fascination with the deeper, less represented side of the human condition. We are honored to share her view of Brooklyn this week, and her places to escape and address the fears, hopes and anxieties that she, (and if we're being honest, all of us) deal with.
INTERVIEW: MADELINE TURNER
PHOTOGRAPHY: ANTHONY TAFURO
TAKE A GIRLFRIEND: THE COTTON CANDY MACHINE
I know this is my job, so it might seem silly that I am listing it as one of my favorite places, but it really is! It's just the most accessible space to see new art and find inspiration. Since I began working here, I've started a pretty impressive collection of original art and I've helped do the same for some buddies. Plus, it always impresses people that I work in such a radical place!
EAT: DO OR DINE
It's a 2 second walk from my house and the food never disappoints. Everything is delicious and you could eat an entire meal of just killer appetizers. They have these flash fried shishito peppers than come with like ten different dipping spices and salts... so good.
TAKE A DUDE: SPOONBILL & SUGARTOWN BOOKSELLERS
I love Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers. They have a great selection and I always find gems I didn't even know I needed.
Spoonbill & Sugartown
218 Bedford Ave., BKLYN
SHOP: THE BED-STUY SALVATION ARMY
It's huge and near my house. I don't shop for clothes super often, but love all Salvos because they are cheap and have the best used t-shirts. I'm very into used t-shirts. They are comfier than new ones and have experience. When it comes to things like jeans and shoes, I like having new stuff, but most of my other clothing comes from thrift stores. Going to thrift shops is one of the longest lasting loves of my life... my mom started taking me to them when I was like 10 and as a teenager, I was really into reconstructing weird thrift store party dresses. It was a cool way to learn more about clothing construction, since I used to sew a lot. There's no harm cutting up a dress you only paid $5 for!
The Salvation Army
13 Pulaski St., BKLYN
DANCE: MY LIVING ROOM
I like dancing, but kind of hate crowds of strangers, so I don't go to clubs or anything like that. I prefer to dance with my roommates and my cats.
THINK: IN THE SHOWER
I do a lot of good thinking in the shower.
READ: MY BACKYARD AND THE SUBWAY
I like reading in my backyard and listening to audio books on the subway. The audible app has actually made me enjoy the subway. Reading has always been important to me, but it can be tough to find time. I love audio books because I can listen while I'm painting. It feels better than having the TV on in the background.
TOURIST ATTRACTION: BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
The only tourist attraction I can think of in Brooklyn that I've been to is the Botanic Gardens, so I guess that. It's really beautiful and sprawling, so even when there are a lot of people there, you can always find a nice spot to sit alone. I'm partial to the koi pond because koi fish remind me of cats for some reason.