Gutter Snipes I
Gutter Snipes I is an aluminum-coated steel sewer pipe that is carved away into an ornate collage of figures and organic designs. This positive relief sculpture reveals a collision between the damned and the divine. The definition of "guttersnipe" refersto a street urchin in the slums of the city or a person of the lowest caste in society. Within patterns of Cal Lane's Gutter Snipes I, cityscapes emerge amongst clouds of curls and vines; angels cradle fanged animals while small creatures nip at the heels of silhouetted figures.
"I like to work as a visual devil's advocate, using contradiction as a vehicle for finding my way to an empathetic image, an image of opposition that creates a balance - as well as a clash - by comparing and contrasting ideas and materials" Cal Lane