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Two of the features
in this months Sculpture focus on artists who, among other things,
mine the everyday world for their materials and their themes. Jac Leirner
uses mass-market stickers, cigarette packs, business cards, and the like
to create installations that embody the mundate reality in which we live.
But her works are not simply sculptural Pop; instead, they speak of art
history, economics, and patience. The Art Guys also quote popular culture
and the routines of daily life back to us, but in a more satirical vein.
Their works, especially their recent public art projects, demonstrate
a formal abstraction that anchors their cultural critique. Una Walkers
aim is quite different. Her simultaneously personal and political installations
make our own cultures (macro and micro) visible to us. Tony Ourslers
works, on the other hand, literally speak to us, enacting Beckett-like
dramas at the eerie edge of everyday reality. And Emilie Brzezinskis
sculpture re-presents to us the Other of our culture in her monuments
of and to trees, works that provoke a visceral and haptic response. All
of these artists create powerful works that demonstrate the vitality of
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