An assemblage artist who uses pieces of machinery to create spectacular sculptures, will be showcasing his works at Castle Galleries in thecentre:mk on Saturday.
Artist Dan Lane, a.k.a. Mechanica, will be at the gallery between 1pm-4pm to present his ‘Every Piece of Me’ exhibition, which will then remain open to the public for a further week.
Having worked as an engineer for 15 years, Mechanica decided to turn full time artist after encouragement from his family and friends prompted him to pursue his passion. His artistic talent was soon recognised by Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publisher, when Mechanica applied to take part in its Summer Exhibition 2014, featuring up-and-coming artists from the contemporary art scene.
His first solo show held in London last year was a near sell-out on launch night.
Building up his pieces from industrial machine parts, interesting and unusual shaped objects, home appliances, and items collected from everyday life, Mechanica assembles the hundreds of individual components into eye-catching works of art, reminiscent of ornate, Baroque-style sculptures. Elements from nature, such as flowers and birds, can also be found juxtaposed against his industrial backdrops.
“When people view my work, I want them to spend hours getting lost in each piece and taking in all the small details,” Mechanica said. “My art invites people into my imagination, where a dark yet beautiful world of nature is trying to live and thrive in an industrial back drop.
“Before starting to work full time as an artist, I managed an engineering workshop with lots of incredible machinery and the experience has definitely stayed with me. I love any type of mechanical object, especially the inside of old watches and think this is one of the reasons I try to make my sculptures so intricate.”
Following Saturday’s launch, the exhibition will run for a further week.