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Review: Dominic Sansone, 'S.O.S.'

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"Brand New God," Dominic Sansone
  • "Brand New God," Dominic Sansone

Dominic Sansone further explores his interest in repetition, manufacturing and our cultural obsession with war in a brave new show, S.O.S. Sansone aims high with his work; his artist statement lays out his goal to "hopefully cause the viewer to consider, with more than a cursory glance, the visual culture of our cities, our entertainment, our public art, and our media."

And he meets this goal with a strength and authenticity borne out of his willingness to confront his past career of working in the military weaponry industry, as well as his reflections upon his membership in a society that he feels is addicted to war. His focus on repetition and his use of manufactured forms - notably, graphite-rubbed urethane plastic - give incredible emphasis to his concepts.

Three 3D mixed media pieces in ornate old picture frames catch the eye; the best of them, "Us and Them," is an overhead view of plastic toy soldiers crouching behind sandbags and preparing to fire high-caliber weapons toward each other at very close range.

The most compelling piece in the show is "Brand New God," a room-sized piece comprised of a mass of oil-painted cast urethane plastic figures worshipping a gold-leafed AK-47. I can't help but notice the discourse between "Brand New God" and the 1958 sculpture "The Evil New War God (S.O.B.)" by H.C. Westerman, whose entire oeuvre was informed by his wartime military service. Through May 26 at Wug Laku's Studio and Garage

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