Self-taught sculptor Alban Lanore got 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 portions of raw trunk and then calcined in opposition to polished wood, inaugurate an aesthetic 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. He probably made it with his strength, with what he is physically, but more importantly with his intention, his way to read the reality. A reality that is as much interior as exterior. Alban Lanore’s sculptural work comes down to the application of human strength on the soft wood, to the application of a decision, the mechanical speed of the tool. Alban Lanore combines two natures: the abstract and rational one of a righteous mind which finds expression in the sharpness of steel and the imaginative nature similar to the flexibility of the wood. Alban Lanore was born in Paris in 1966. He works and live in Touraine. He considers himself as an autodidact sculptor. In 1998, a journey to Gabon changed his life both on an artistic level and an ethical level, amazed by the beauty and richness of the forests, he draw inspiration for another way of creation. Important encounters punctuated his sculptor background. The first one that he met as a teenager, was Jean-Jacques Popille, well known to the art brut amateurs. Later on Frans Krajcberg encouraged him in his path. And Vincent Batbedat (1932-2010) that brought him to a more constructed art practice.