Cool Friends: Lane Walkup
January 27, 2023
|Meet Lane, a Brooklyn-based artist whose work centers around illustrative metal sculpture. From forging steel to sewing recycled pantyhose, Lane’s work is, in a word: captivating! We caught up with Lane to hear a little more about their work and inspiration.|
How did you begin your career as a sculpture & fine artist?
I was always trying to find my thing growing up—I really needed a creative outlet because I often felt restless and lost. I was into sewing and re-configuring clothes, but it just wasn’t my whole heart. One day my Dad was welding in his garage and l just knew I needed to try it. I really enjoyed how intense it was, so I decided to save for an antique forge and try heating and bending metal. The whole process really felt like a spiritual experience—the first time I did it, I actually cried! My body instantly knew how to do it. That was about 11 or 12 years ago now.
What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?
This city is full of so many different types of artists with such diverse styles and backgrounds, there’s truly room for everybody here. It’s exciting to see works that I would never dream up and at the same time be exposed to likeminds. On top of all that, there’s an underlying sense of camaraderie that NYC generates that’s pretty electric.
What's inspiring you right now?
The ornamental steel gates, railings and security bars around the city neighborhoods that’ve been painted over a million times. Cathedrals, demons and dark religious themes have also been inspiring me for some reason. I'm not sure why that one’s been coming up, but my apartment might be haunted so maybe that’s why?
I’ve also started 2D painting. It’s everything my sculpture work isn’t because I can fill in gaps and get really tight angles with ease. It's inspiring to be bad at something but still love the experience of doing it.
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