OPENING NIGHT: Thursday August 3, 6PM - 8PM
Anna Pappas Gallery is thrilled to announce From Line to Form, an exhibition showcasing the fascinating sculptural work of Melbourne based artist Alex Lyne. From seductively abstract bronze to intricately carved wood alongside contemporary support structures, the very tradition of sculpture finds a new voice in the experiments of Alex Lyne.
Lyne’s practice exists comfortably in the collision between tradition and contemporaneity. His employment of timeless sculptural techniques is highly radicalised with contemporary injections of colour and remarkably detailed surface patterns. Lyne creates abstract and unknown forms out of bronze, wood, plaster and steel that are then treated with unconventional automotive paints and unusual plastic supports, reflecting the tradition of the ready-made. He engages in an extensive and highly physical process of casting, moulding and carving to transform his simple line drawings into exquisitely crafted three-dimensional forms. From Line to Form will exhibit his latest sculpture undertakings which have been manipulated to scale with the human form in mind.
Lyne returns his experiments to the body, describing his process as one that begins “internally and travels outward.” He finds inspiration for his work in the act of meditative line drawing, beginning by sketching out multiple forms on to the paper surface. After intuitively deciding upon which forms to realise sculpturally, he works via a process of addition, transforming his materials to varied scales and with unique hand marked detailing.
By working in this way, Lyne emphasises the ability of the artist and the human to carve into the physical world we inhabit and transform it by finding form in our true internal expression.
Alex Lyne is highly dedicated to the method of lost-wax bronze casting and has received extensive training in London with the Bronze Age Fine Art Foundry and in Melbourne with the Meridian Sculpture Foundry. Lyne further consolidated his sculptural practice by completing postgraduate studies in Art in the Public at RMIT in (2006).
Lyne’s sculptures have been included in the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and the well-known Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney.
From Line to Form will be Lyne’s debut show with Anna Pappas Gallery.