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Cal Lane: Sweet Crude



June 1, 2010
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"Sweet Crude” refers to that most sought-after form of petroleum, at once a source of treasured conveniences and the grim catalyst of international conflict, economic collapse and environmental distress. Lane’s cuttings of world maps evoke both war room computer monitors and historical colonial maps where corporations and governments alike divvy up territories for global domination. Yet, one also finds religious symbols, heraldry, suburban houses, pastoral scenes and mythological trysts transforming the maps into tapestries and making any interpretation of its tangled iconography seductively elusive.

The first major publication exclusively devoted to Cal Lane's work, this 96-page bilingual retrospective catalogue includes a preface by Kay Hartenstein Saatchi, collector and freelance curator; an introduction by Ray Cronin, director of the Nova Scotia Art Gallery; as well as essays by Michael Rattray, artist, independent curator and arts writer, and Ève De Garie-Lamanque, freelance writer, critic and curator.

Born in 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cal Lane was raised in Saanichton, British Columbia. Following her welding certification, she successively completed a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 2001, and an MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase (2005). Since 2001, Lane has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (2002-03), the Textile Museum of Canada (2006), the Museum of Art and Design (New York, 2007), Musea Brugge (Belgium, 2008) and the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts (2008-10). 

Shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2004, she has been the recipient of several awards and distinctions, including the 2006 Emerging Artist Fellowship and residency at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York and the 2007 Jeseph S. Stauffer Prise, an award given "to encourage young Canadians of outstanding promise or potential" from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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