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TOWARDS A FUNNER LAOCOÖN: THE NEW LA SCULPTURE

WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO MAKE A SCULPTURE? There are certainly more immediate (and less bulky) ways to represent the world these days. Still, at a moment when ambitious creative types might be expected to turn to, say, Web design or software development, and in a place like Los Angeles, whose history, economy, and culture are dependent on and structured by the business of virtuality (Hollywood, Disneyland), there is a surprisingly strong interest among young artists in making, well, objects. These new sculptors—Liz Craft, Evan Holloway, Jason Meadows, Jeff Ono, Paul Sietsema, and Torbjörn Vejvi, to name only the most visible and complex—engage the “real” world of objects in order to plumb alternative dimensions and states. At the same time, they do not forgo confronting the spectator with the cold hard facts of the thing encountered and the flesh encountering, as well as the space where

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