Alternate Worlds by Coral Penelope Lambert
presented by NE SCULPTURE | Gallery Factory
Opening Reception: Friday May 14, 2021 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Gallery Factory.
Coral Penelope Lambert produces process based site-specific work and sculpture in the public realm. Her significant background as a formal steel sculptor and metal caster coalesce in her practice.
Her work simultaneously celebrates the wonderment and majesty of nature whilst substantiating environmental issues. Investigating the transient and extraordinary resilience of nature, Lambert’s research places relevance on the origin of materials and challenges how they change and exist over time. Whether utilizing ancient or new digital technologies she speeds up processes that parallel those evidenced in nature such as heating, cooling and oxidation. She intentionally cultivates traces of the making to remain, portentously echoing the scars generated by our civilization upon the Earth.
Born in England in 1966. She achieved a B.F.A at Canterbury School of Art in 1989 and a M.F.A at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990. She went on to receive an International Research Fellowship at the University of Minnesota from 1994-97. Internationally she has exhibited in 10 one person and 143 group shows, 78 of which were Invitational. She is an original ‘Iron Maiden’ and Founding Director of USUK Iron Symposium 1997-2012. She Co-Founded New Orleans Sculpture Lab 2000- 2005 and Co-Chaired the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2006 taking it overseas for the first time to the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, UK. She is the recipient of 22 awards including Gottlieb Foundation Award, Jerome Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Grant and is recognized in the top three ISC Outstanding Educators for 2019 and 2020.
She is Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University, NY where she directs the National Casting Center Foundry.
Lamberts work explores forces of nature and seeks to address darker issues related to the earth’s resources and contamination, this exhibition in particular hints at the proliferation of space junk and current mining of other planets.
Innate in all of us is the urge to make, to change, and to control. As a sculptor who works directly with material and process she places importance on where materials come from and how they change over time by natural or human acts. She has developed unique metal casting practices as an ideal vehicle to explore phenomena. The foundry is her laboratory where she visually articulates concepts through manipulating processes that speed up and parallel those found in nature. Responding directly to metal’s transitional fluid state, she engages with it as an ancient living material from the deepest darkest skies to the core of the earth; it flows, breathes, and emerges from the mold raw and elemental. She allows traces of the process to remain as evidence, scars of the transformation from hot to cold, from liquid to solid.
Her objective is to create an experience that resonates with the viewer in a physical and mindful way, the abstract nature of the work invites the public to develop their own interpretations about materials, resources and natural phenomena.
Read more about Coral's work Here: corallambertsculptor.com/
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