Cal Lane's Metal art

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Meet the metal art God. I'm too tongue tied to rave. This much beauty is almost too much to bear. Cal Lane takes the ugliest things in the world & makes them beautiful. Uses the toughest things to make delicate beauty & creates sublime form, from mundane waste. And before you ask me from where I find these amazing artists :) Riddhi Desai my very good friend has taken it on herself to feed me & this blog with regular doses of eyecandy-info & has been sending me some really incredible links.
"My new work has become more political, the consequence of living in a time of war and feeling the guilt of a bystander. With the first political piece titled “Filigree Car Bombing” I focused on creating a tasteless relationship of images. Images of flowers and “prettiness” in the form of a violent and sensitive situation. "
"The crushed steel of the car is cut into fine lace creating a drapery of disruption and sadness, a conflict of attraction to fancy work and the attraction to a horrific image."

"In my most recent exhibition entitled “Crude”, pulled together the relationship of God and Oil. This work consists of a series of oil cans that have been flayed open in the form of a cross shape or a gothic cathedral floor plan. The cans are then cut into Christian or Medieval like Icons. Fine, like tattered paper, the jagged edge of the thin metal becomes both an ancient and contemporary image, thereby appealing to both those who cling to history, and those who ignore it." Cal Lane
Medieval Tapestry
"45 gallon oil drums are skinned and unrolled to create a surface. The surface is then pulled up the wall and cut into a multiple of images from tattoo patterns to fabric patterns to religious and hazard symbols. The collage of images create a war of symbols which become a medieval-like tapestry."

Car parts
Wheel Barrows
"I have always been interested in embracing the very thing that repels me in order to understand it: I prefer to make sense of things or in order to suspend (or pass) judgment." Cal Lane

"Extremes, though contrary, have the like effects. Extreme heat kills, and so extreme cold: extreme love breeds satiety, and so extreme hatred; and too violent rigor tempts chastity, as does too much license. "George Chapman (from Cal Lane's site)

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