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While it's apparent that I've employed the kind of banal imagery that defines the pedestrian notion of Western culture, it is, I hope, also evident that the work is saturated with whimsey and parody. It is aggressively frontal. The paper thin bronze shell appears to be cut or torn from a larger form. The gestural lines and geometric shapes that have been added emphasize the lack of volume and mass.

This sculpture is a facade; a formal tribute to superficiality. And yet, sometime during the process of making this piece it asserted itself. It grew beyond the idea that engendered it. It has a presence that exceeds my intent.

Artist: Tom Morandi

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 19″ × 14″ × 11″

Location: 5 floor, #91 on the map