The sculptural forms of artist Lawrence LaBianca lie somewhere between narrative representation and abstract form. With careful consideration of his materials-metal, wood, ceramic, and neon-he creates sculptures that are rich in poetic symbolism. Sensitive to the particularities of his materials-like the bark of a tree limb or the patina of metal- LaBianca draws a connection between organic forms in nature and the mechanical structures he creates.
Many of LaBianca’s sculptures are titled afte r Robert Frost poems, which reference the tension between the realities of existence and the internal world of human imagination and emotions. Within LaBianca’s artistic vocabulary, welded and cabled steel act as both a formal structural element and a commentary on the idea that human beings need technology to mediate their experiences with nature.
At its essence, LaBianca is exploring the very human ende avor to make sense of the world and our place within it. He describes this exploration in poetic terms, stating, "My work investigates through exercises in time and memory our relationship with nature. I want to be the blacksmith of the future."