Sweet Crude

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Sweet Crude, March 8 - April 12, 2008 © Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Faure Gallery
Sweet Crude

2639 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
March 8th, 2008 - April 12th, 2008
Opening: March 8th, 2008 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Sat 11-6 or by appointment


Samuel Freeman and the Patricia Faure Gallery are pleased to introduce the work of Cal Lane to Southern California.  Ms. Lane's sculptures are cut from used oil drums and steel castoffs.  She uses a high-powered Plasma cutter to excise delicate lace patterns from these rusty vessels, drawing from a range of influences to produce work, the like of which has not been seen before.

"Based on the visual vocabulary of David Smith and Anthony Caro, her language demonstrates accents of Richard Serra with the sensibility of Meret Oppenheim."

-Hrag Varanian

Sweet Crude takes the previous work of this exciting new artist to a more provocative level: within the flowers and lace cut into the old steel are nude, rather suggestively engaged bodies.  The figures scroll around and throughout the work, becoming border and subject, two dimensional objects revealing and reveling in our petroleum love affair.  The undertones of oiled love are thinly veiled, within and behind the lace-cut steel. While Cal Lane's earlier work focused on the dialectics of gender roles played out on the stage of materials and craft, this new body of work takes on issues of power and propriety.  The images can shock, but seduce as well, curling throughout her sculptures.