Wes Lang Shuts It Down At MILK LA Party
If you’ve never been to the Milk LA offices before, put it on your bucket list and try to get an invite. This past Friday night the cavernous front entrance of Milk Studios turned into a temporary gallery space showcasing four new works by LA based artist Wes Lang.
What started off as a sleek family event morphed into an intimate celeb studded affair, a party where all types of creative forces came together. Music royalty Beyoncé and Jay Z were spotted mingling with the crowd, as was Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers (who has the most amazing multi-colored hairdo.) Cameron Díaz was also in attendance accompanied by husband Benji Madden, along with Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Zoe Kravitz, Twin Shadow, André Saraiva, Milk’s own Mazdack Rassi, photographer Sandy Kim and boyfriend Colby Hewitt (of the band DIIV), among many other incredibly talented people.
As the artist’s own personal playlist serenaded the guests, Love Catering created a delicious hors d’oeuvres menu of some favorite Mexican street food staples, tacos de carnitas and corn with cotija cheese. Cocktail waitresses walked around offering guests thirst-quenching margaritas, bubbly Taittinger champagne and refreshing glasses of rosé.
For their part, Lang’s paintings looked incredibly powerful against the marble walls. Upon entering, guests were greeted by a skull-faced Native American chief counting his endless blessings. While on each side were two massive pieces, made up of two canvases each, all following the same subject matter, wild-west motifs juxtaposed with hand-written words of inspiration and acceptance.
It was quite a humbling feeling seeing the paintings outside of Wes’ studio, where they all come together to unveil a perfect example of his inner mindset. Hanging at Milk Studios, the artworks oversaw a party where people were not thinking of what they had done that day, or where they were going to next; instead they were focusing on the present, on what an incredible night this was turning out to be, and how hard work truly pays off in the end.
In the words of Wes Lang himself, “It was fucking amazing.”
Photos by Brad Elterman
Read our interview with Wes Lang here