In Time Like Glass

Tony Lane
Oct 9 to Oct 28
In Time Like Glass (detail).

‘In Time Like Glass’ is a single-work exhibition by Tony Lane, featuring the remarkable 9.6 metre long painting of the same name – the centrepiece of his survey show at City Gallery Wellington.

“In this work a connection with the Metaphysical painters and the Surrealist tradition is perhaps at its most distinct. The depiction of incongruous objects in exterior space, or in a spatial plane that exists between what we understand to be interior and exterior brings to mind Giorgio Chirico’s The Song of Love (1913) and The Uncertainty of the Poet from the same year. Often in Lane’s work the picture plane has been tilted, the perspective skewed, encouraging the viewer to question whether the site depicted is “real” or imagined. The rash of single icons embedded in rectangular and square metallic grounds which skitter across the surface of In Time Like Glass chart symbols recurrent in Lane’s practice of the last ten years.”

Writer and curator Heather Galbraith, from the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Tony Lane, Practical Metaphysics’, City Gallery Wellington, 2006.