Self-taught sculptor Alban Lanore became fascinated by the extraordinary diversity of forms created by nature during his trips. Over the years, his organic work got pared-down to pure lines and forms. His latest “geometric abstraction” sculptures, radical shapes carved from sections of natural tree trunk and then charred as a contrast to the polished wood, create an aesthetic that is close to constructed art while remaining personal.
Talking about sculpture is easy, you just need to describe it. And by describing it, we discover the person behind the work. Of course, he made it with his strength, with what he is physically. But more importantly, he made it with his own mindset, through his mind’s encounter with reality – a reality that is both internal and external. Alban Lanore’s sculptural work reveals the application of human strength on the soft wood, the application of a decision, and the mechanical speed of the tool. Alban Lanore combines two natures: the abstract and rational one of a steadfast spirit, as expressed in the sharpness of steel; and the imaginative nature reminiscent of wood’s flexibility. Alban Lanore was born in Paris in 1966. He works and live in the Touraine region. He considers himself an autodidact sculptor. In 1998, a journey to Gabon changed his life both artistically and ethically. He was amazed by the forests’ beauty and richness, from which he drew inspiration for another creative path. Moreover, several key encounters helped to forge his career as a sculptor. Firstly with Jean-Jacques Popille, who he met as a teenager, a figure well known to art brut admirers. Then with Frans Krajcberg, who encouraged Lanore on his journey, and Vincent Batbedat (1932-2010), a sculptor who showed him how to work in a more structured way.