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Amy Fung
Cal Lane at Grunt Gallery
February 26, 2013

The projection of light is the key to Cal Lane's work. Her heavy metal sculptures have been described in a series of dialectics (industrial and domestic, masculine and feminine, etc.); however, standing in the presence of her illuminated quarter-pipe at Grunt Gallery, the most striking aspect of the work is not its material history, but the shadows it throws across the exhibition space.



Cal Lane

By lighting the cutouts from within the skeleton of the sculpture, the most vivid contrast – if a dialectic must be identified – is its light and shadow. Along the entire length of the twenty-foot long piece, negative shapes and spaces have been carved out with a plasma cutter and oxyacetylene torch cutter, leaving silhouettes of animals, angels, and floral scenery. While the images drawn onto the pipe might be the initial step in the process and inform the formal quality of Lane's practice, the subject matter of the drawings is not first thing to be contemplated. The rounded and ribbed arc, along with the light bending at the foot of the pipe, creates the visual illusion of a cascade of imagery. While the light does not move or flicker, the shadow work behind and above the scenery demands attention. Only upon closer observation does the steel reveal itself, but if the format had been paper or fabric, would the labour be less valued? The answer has been historically "yes," and it is this contrast between visible and invisible labours that continue to linger.


Grunt gallery: http://www.grunt.ca/
Cal Lane: Gutter Snipes I continues until March 23.


Amy Fung is a writer and organizer who publishes nationally and internationally in journals, magazines, catalogues, and monographs in print and online. She is the Programs Manager at Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and her ongoings can be found at POSTpacificPOST.com and on Twitter @someasianbitch. She is Akimblog's new Vancouver correspondent.

 

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