helmut lang may have disappeared for quite some time from the frantic fashion front, but that hasn't stopped him from freely letting the creative juices flow. the vienna-born designer has simply shifted his focus away from that rat race and the intrinsic limelight, dipping his toe in another passion of his: contemporary art. now living a secluded life, lang only seems to emerge from time to time to reveal his creative output, as is currently the case in new york city. at a solo exhibition at sperone westwater - his very first in town - lang displays a series of sculptures that are exemplary of his particular use of materials and textures. shredded fragments from his séance de travail archive serve as raw material for the largest series of works, and are transmuted with resin and pigment into a series of nearly 200 pillar-like sculptures with a striking organic quality. a series of wall sculptures, composed of resin and pigment pressed together in plankton-like sheets, provide a stark contrast while also demonstrating lang's versatile and dynamic artistic lingo [on through feb 2]. location: sperone westwater, 257 bowery [nolita].