Cal Lane, who trained as a welder before studying art, transforms industrial steel products, like Dumpsters, oil drums, and I-beams, into improbably lacey, delicate works of sculpture. She has been compared to Richard Serra, famous for his propped, torqued, and spiraling steel sculptures. Unlike Serra, however, Lane cuts ornate patterns into the steel, opening up its surface to light and air.
Cal Lane, che ha studiato come saldatore prima di studiare arte, trasforma prodotti industriali siderurgici, come cassonetti, tamburi di petrolio in improbabili pizzi, delicate opere scultoree. E’ stato paragonata a Richard Serra, famoso per le sue sculture in acciaio a spirale. A differenza di Serra, però, Lane intaglia motivi ornamentali in acciaio, aprendo la sua superficie di luce e aria.
Through her work, she challenges gender stereotypes by combining the “masculinity” of steel and welding with the “femininity” of lace-like, decorative patterning. She also produces works with a critical edge. In Fossil Fuel (2009), for example, she cut a map of the world into an oil tank. As she explains, she is drawn to the meanings old objects carry: “They come with their own narrative, a narrative that on some level we can all connect to.”
Attraverso il suo lavoro, sfida gli stereotipi di genere, combinando la “virilità” dell’ acciaio e della saldatura con la “femminilità” del pizzo come superficie decorativa.