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Artist projects thoughts of Florida

James Langston's goal is to design a perfect harmonious balance of shape and pattern, an aesthetic illusion that will challenge viewers to escape into an internal celebration of their own lives.

This mission statement, like his artwork, is not meant to be taken in and absorbed at a glance.

The public may examine the Crystal River resident's artwork starting Thursday at the Alfred A. McKethan Library at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Brooksville. The exhibit, "Mental Landscapes _ A View of Florida," is open during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Langston will be at the opening night reception from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Langston's artwork, which is mainly pen and ink drawings, uses grids and geometric shapes to convey his thought that things in life are obscure and not obvious.

"My artwork is images I manufacture in my mind, many of which have Florida themes. You will see palm trees and dolphins, but the dolphin may be placed in the middle of a highway," Langston said. "My artwork is a mental collage with many images."

His style is based on Op art, a type of art that came about in the late 1960s.

"Op art uses bending lines to direct your eye. This kind of art is actually based on scientific studies which tell how the eye is directed," Langston said.

The bending lines lead the viewer's eye to the soul of the artwork, which is not meant to be discovered by a fortuitous glance. The eye will follow lines that may twist and bend every which way, but will eventually lead to what Langston wants the viewer to see.

The Alfred A. McKethan Library is at 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. For information, call (352) 796-6726, ext. 2007. The exhibit will be on display for one month.