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.