Slow Speed Home


Australian artist, David Langley, was born in Sydney city and nurtured on the muddy banks of Georges River. At the impressionable age of 5 he, along with his immediate family, moved to San Diego, California.

He has studied studio art at Seattle University, modernism at Cite Universitaire, Graphic and Marketing Arts at CATC, Urban Design at Donghua University, and Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design at COFA and UNSW.

Slow Speed Home by David Langley

Slow Speed Home

by David Langley

The interaction of the "canvas"(wooden plank or box) and the image was important to me in this series. I produced the images through the use of photography and photo editing programs before using an array of chemicals to transfer the images from print into the wood grain surface. I then sanded down parts of the image to expose and blend the wood grain and rings with the transferred images. 

I wanted to work with different types of wood, old and new, pale and brown, grainy and smooth. That involved reclaiming some planks and buying some boxes. “Slow Speed Home” was printed onto a simple wooden keepsake box for personal treasures, or perhaps just miscellaneous items, that I found at a secondhand store on Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam. As a result, “Slow Speed Home” includes a brass fastening clip at the top of the artwork. 

"Slow Speed Home" began with a photograph I took in Holland, where I had secured an Artist-in-Residence post at the Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, of a pile of discarded wood destined for kindling. I was constantly on the search for a nice piece of weathered, grainy wood for my images, and captured this image of a snail working its way across a wooden crate. The printed advertising on the wood was very much in contrast with the brittle crate on which it was stamped. I find the image of wood, transferred onto a wooden plank, to be very reflexive and self-reflective, especially when combined with the concept of a dilatory snail with its home strapped to its back.