The ethereal quality of Lanny’s work is in contrast to the mundane materials he uses to construct them. They are created using industrially woven bronze, brass, aluminum and stainless steel mesh, silicone, wire and glass frit. Using only a linesman pliers and cutting shear, he employs simple joining techniques to transform mesh into ethereal semi-transparent organic structures, vessels and geometric constructions. In his most recent works he employs pyrography techniques to “flame paint” abstract imagery onto sheets of stainless steel mesh and vessel forms using a propane torch.
His works reference biomorphic forms (plant biology, microorganisms, undersea creatures), earth geology and cosmology. They engage the viewer with glimpses into a world where nature and manmade material coalesce and they celebrate the mystery and wonder of it all.
Lanny has been creating biomorphic and geometric constructions and installations out of metal mesh since 1983. He maintains a studio on Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington.
His work is represented by Snyderman-Works Galleries and Mobilia Gallery.