Image by Phil Mansfield for The New York Times
Hard substance, soft surface. Thick assemblage, thin deconstruction. Opaque themes, transparent expression. These coupled contrasts broadly characterize Sculptor Cal Lane’s passion for “desirable oppositions. In this playing with opposites, balance is the search. Her hands-on transformation of oil drums, cars and shovels results not only in appealing forms, but also provocative statements about the craft of industry.
Image of “Love Rug Oil Drum #1, Plasma-cut steel oil drum, 2008
by Cal Lane
Image ofÃ‚Â “ËœCar Door’, Plasma cut steel car parts, 2006 by Cal Lane
Image ofÃ‚Â “Ëœ3 Shovels’, Plasma cut steel shovels, 2006 by Cal Lane
Cal Lane studied welding, which metals-based Sculptor Richard Serra described as “a form of stitching. On a five-acre compound in Putnam Valley, N.Y., owned by David and Diane Waldman of Rancho Mirage, California, Lane creates her artworkâ€and it has further elevated the quality of the property’s bucolic landscape. Another contrast that plays out here is the relationship between the natural and the artificial. For a female artist, who has “a close relationship with the boiler, her fine working in heavy metal is inspired creativity to behold.