danny lane

etruscan chair

danny lane   etruscan chair

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Danny Lane (b.1955) has worked in London since the 1980s. His sculpture and furniture ranges in scale from the domestic, to his massive Borealis, one of the world’s largest glass sculptures (2005, GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, USA).

Lane trained as a painter and drawing is fundamental to his art. He explores line in two and three dimensions, driven by a need to challenge the limits of the possible in glass, steel, wood and light. Like glass itself, Lane’s work is sometimes modernist in its simplicity, and, in a different mood, baroque in its pleasure in ornament.

Lane came to Britain in 1975 to study with Patrick Reyntiens, who, with John Piper, was responsible for the post-war renaissance in British stained glass. Danny then went on to study painting at the Byam Shaw and the Central School of Art. At Central, he was taught by the visionary painter, poet and philosopher, Cecil Collins. Collins, who like David Jones and William Blake, was part of an English mystical and romantic tradition, remains an important inspiration.

Lane’s work combines a monumental, and at times brutal, physicality; stacked and fractured glass, twisted or rusted steel, with his strong belief in the metaphysical and transcendental qualities of art. Lane’s sculptures seek not, to represent the individual ego, rather, following Collins, he aims at a spiritual dimension through an immersion in the material. For this reason, working in the studio with his team of skilled technicians, is fundamental to Lane’s practice. His London studio is equipped to create works of considerable scale, in glass, and in steel. Glass furnaces will now enable Lane to create works of fluidity and brilliant colour.

Danny Lane was, with Ron Arad and Tom Dixon, an architect of the avant-garde furniture movement of the 1980s. His sculptural glass furniture such as the dramatic Etruscan Chair (1986) and Stacking Chair, introduced the thrill of broken glass to the slick design world of the 80’s. The tension in those early works still informs both his public sculptures and his continually innovative furniture.

Lane’s sculptures exploit the strength of glass under compression and combine feats of design and engineering to produce work, breathtaking in its apparent simplicity. He uses the refractive and reflective qualities of his media to challenge expectations, engaging the viewer in a physical and metaphysical dialogue. On a large or small scale, Lane’s works redefine architectural space. Such site specific works as Opening Line (2004, Gateshead, UK) and Assembly Field (2006, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, UK) are inspired by and re-draw their surroundings though the manipulation of space and light.

Danny Lane’s work is in museums, private and corporate collections world-wide.
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source: berardocollection

Danny Lane nasceu em Urbana, Illinois e foi viver para a Grã-Bretanha em 1975 para estudar com Patrick Reyntiens, um artista que trabalhava com vitrais. Também estudou na Byam Shaw School of Art (1975-77), e depois frequentou o curso de pintura leccionado por Cecil Collins na Central School of Art (1977-80).Em 1981, Lane montou um atelier em Whitecross Street no East End de Londres, onde manteve contacto com engenheiros e artesãos. No ano seguinte, mudou o atelier para o Metropolitan Workshops, em Hackney, e estabeleceu a Glassworks em Camden Lock enquanto desenvolvia trabalhos em aço em colaboração com ferreiros e serralheiros de teatro (1983-85). Os painéis de vidro e o aço tornaram-se os seus materiais de marca, e o artista utiliza-os para criar peças de mobiliário com as formas mais surpreendentes, mesmo extravagantes, objectos de artes aplicadas e instalações arquitectónicas. Em 1989, mudou de novo a atelier, desta vez para umas enormes instalações em Hythe Road, na parte ocidental de Londres. O seu foco de interesse também mudou- do mobiliário e objectos, para a escultura de grandes dimensões. Lane trabalha frequentemente por encomenda, tanto a nível nacional como internacional. Projectos importantes mais recentes incluem uma escultura de vidro irrigada de vinte toneladas para a Swires Properties, Hong-Kong, e um desenho contínuo de 30 metros sobre uma parede de vidro oval na sala de reuniões do edifício ITN, em Londres.
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source: inceptiongallery

Danny Lane (né en 1955), artiste plasticien, sculpteur travaille à Londres depuis les années 1980. danny lane
Ses sculptures et son mobilier de tailles variables s’adaptent à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur.
Lane suivi une formation de peintre. Mais c’est avec le dessin en 2 D et 3D qu’il exploite le mieux son art déterminé par la nécessité de repousser les limites du possible dans le verre, l’acier, le bois et la lumière.
Le travail de Lane, moderne et contemporain, simple et torturé, exploite la force du verre, empilé et fracturé, de l’acier tordu ou rouillé, de la fluidité des matériaux et des couleurs éclatantes.

Il utilise les qualités de réfraction de la lumière et de réflexion de ses matériaux pour combattre les attentes, engager le spectateur dans un dialogue physique et métaphysique. Sur une grande ou sur une petite échelle, les travaux de Lane redéfinissent l’espace architectural grâce à la manipulation de l’espace et de la lumière.

Le travail de Danny Lane est dans les musées, dans des collections privées et dans des entreprises du monde entier.