Michael Quane Strange Beasts

Michael Quane Head Study Kilkenny Limestone 30x30x27cm
Michael Quane Buoyed Marble 31x40x23cm
Michael Quane Horse and Rider Marble44x33x22cm


Michael Quane



17th September -17th October 2020



The Lavit Gallery is excited to present, solo exhibition from Michael Quane, Strange Beasts.


“With every move to a new place change occurs. It’s a different landscape with a different air. Different air that even moves differently. The sound appears to travel differently through it and it is filled with different sounds. The light is weighted through it to a different measure. The birds that sing in it, had their ancestors settle here ten thousand generations ago and continue their song here, clear and only distinctive to here. Even the pigeon morse coo is different, if you listen for it. Different moods dwell in it and ultimately the results from endeavour changes. It is my intention to allow for this change to solidify into my endeavours over these months coinciding as they do with the strangest phenomenon ever of being in an officially defined state of enforced isolation and distance from everyone else. That means everyone else in the world.”


For this exhibition, Strange Beasts, Michael Quane has chosen to surrender to this new place and time and to the possibilities that are presented by making new work here…

… and see what it is, that happens next.


The exhibition will show directly-carved figurative sculpture, in Irish Limestone and Italian Marble.


Direct carving is the process of carving, with chisel, the material directly, without reference to a model or a maquette. It allows for an unbridled creative input throughout the complete process. Step one is the loose flabby parameters of boulder and idea with all its infinite possibilities and the final step is, all that remains; the result of a myriad of choices and decisions: the chosen finite. It is a process, of the will and the meanings that it attaches, guided by the subtlest of gravitational tugs that the complexity of environment can muster.




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