I finally got around to see the exhibition, "Let's All Drown Ourselves Tonight" at Wug Laku's Studio and Garage this afternoon. The exhibition presents a diverse selection of sculptural works by Dominic Sansone, with works in cast bronze, iron, wood and ceramics. The works in the show offer little in the way of a direct line of narrative for the viewer but this was not to its detriment. I found myself walking around the space looking at individual pieces a number of times, occasionally glancing at the titles to for a clue to the intention of the piece by the artist. The pieces I was most intrigued by were a series of cast bronze and iron protective masks and goggles, from what appeared to be a bronze welding helmet to an iron child's gas mask. These works had a mystery and foreboding about them that actually continued to resonate in all of the works in the show.
There is a darkness about all of the works in this show. Drawing on themes of violence and war both personal and at the same time detached. Also present is the use of repetition through multiples. From a totem of eerie bald, goggled heads, or four armless torsos, ceramic pigs with guns attached, to a wood bomb like forms pushing off the wall on long steel rods. In short, I enjoyed getting to know more about the artists work through this exhibition as I had only gotten to see a glimpse of his work from a showing at Herron a couple months back.
There is a lot to take in this small but well presented showing of the artists work. Sadly it is only up for two more days. Closing this Saturday afternoon. So if you get the chance I do recommend heading over to check it out.