Langberg’s large-scale portraits on canvas render friends, lovers, and family members with a focus on love and desire as fundamental human experiences. In his work, Queerness functions as a lens through which Langberg views the world around him, capturing different moments ranging from the mundane to the deeply intimate. Sourcing his imagery from observational paintings and drawings, Langberg builds his pictures through a versatile vocabulary of material gestures. Large brushstrokes, stains, vigorous erasures, thick applications of paint, washes of chromatic color, as well as passages of exacting description bring his figures to life. Often inhabiting moments of repose or contemplation, his subjects fade against the textured surfaces of their environments, while asserting an uncanny presence. By foregrounding color and materiality in his handling of paint, Langberg elicits bodily sensations like ecstasy, physical warmth, or heaviness of breath, striving to humanize queer pleasure, intimacy and friendship.