Cal Lane/Art of Contradiction

3 Posted by - February 15, 2011 - Art

Canadian artist Cal Lane uses contrasting ideas and materials to bring a push-and-pull in her work that is both strong and delicate. Armed with a blow torch, her skilled hand creates intricate lacework within objects that otherwise are seen as industrial or as everyday tools, appreciating a tension between that which is functional and decorative, masculine and feminine, and the experience it brings to the viewer. ‘Like a Wrestler in a tutu’ such extremes can be experienced and enjoyed, without the need for rational understanding.

Over the years her work has turned more political, no longer content with remaining a bystander. Her pieces speak to our world’s current issues and parallel her original concept of creating something beautiful from the ugly, such as her collection titled ‘Crude’ that contains oil cans and 45 gallon oil drums that she has flayed and ornamented with tapestry like decoration.

Cal Lane is originally from Vancouver Island, BC and began her fine arts training at the Victoria College of Art and welding training at Camosun College. She then continued her education in Halifax and New York.

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  • B February 18, 2011 - 10:22 pm Reply

    Nice find – this is amazing! How on earth can you be so delicate with a BLOWTORCH?

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