"Art historian Helen Gardner defines the nature of form as “"a total organic structure, a synthesis of all the elements of which that structure is constructed, and the manner in which these elements are related and united to create its distinctive character. The character of the material and the process and tools with which it is worked are vital determinants in the character of the form."” At the core of my investigations as a painter is the pursuit of forms.
Everyday actions of experimentation and play are my starting points in the creation of these forms. My work begins with the construction of multi-dimensional shapes, constructed of wood. Line is the only visual language utilized to further sculpt the form. Movement in the form is made through the manipulation of simple repetitive parallel lines with optical effects, that play against the concrete dimensional structure. As the viewer responds to the work, it is my hope that the optical effect of the line breaks the traditional two-dimensional plane in the geometrical constructions, forsaking flatness to make an active form. The viewer is left considering which part is real and which part is optical. The works implore us to look carefully and closely, and to fully appreciate the experience of seeing.
In the end, the works created are a fusion of organic, geometric sculpture, illusion and physical form forced together into an original choreography. These hybrid works negotiate an experience of opposites with their concrete nature and the optical illusions within.
My hope is to create paintings that encourage the experience of seeing while engaging the viewer in energy of the life of forms."
Angela Lane holds a B.F.A. with Distinction from Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2007 and obtained her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 2011. The artist was selected to participate in the 2021 London Art Biennial. In 2011, she was recognized as MICA’s 2011 nominee for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. In 2007, Lane was selected as the Alberta finalist in the 2007 BMO Painting Competition in Canada. Her work is collected on both private and corporate levels. Some notable acquisitions of Lane’s work include the Bank of Montreal Corporate Collection.