Lawrence Fanes sculptures
continue his investigations into an imaginary world influenced by the
the early Renaissance artist-engineer Mariano Taccola. The works, made
in wood, concrete and steel among other materials, suggest straightforward
uses (perhaps archeological?) but their precise utilities remain elusive.
Though appearing without direct symbolism, the sculptures are oddly
humanized and animated. Crafting them from found as well as purchased
materials, Fane develops each one with painstaking handwork, using tools
to make what look like tools. Although harkening back to the figure,
his sculptures draw on the ancient world and bring it into the 21st
century, embracing sentiments both classic and modern, natural and industrial.