Angela Lane holds a B.F.A. with Distinction from Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta 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 nominee for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Lane was selected in 2007 as the Alberta finalist in the BMO 1st Art 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.
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 play and discovery are my starting point in the creation of these forms. My work begins with the construction of dimensional shaped canvas, constructed of wood. The canvas is then sewn into the proper shape to be stretch over the shaped wood constructions. Line is the only visual language utilized to further sculpt the form. Optical movement is made through the manipulation of simple repetitive parallel lines with optical effects that are played against the concrete dimensional structure. This resulting effect breaks the two-dimensional plane in the geometrical constructions forsaking flatness to make a volumetric form. They 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, negotiating an experience of opposites with the concrete nature of the constructed dimensional composition 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.