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Don Sunseri, Don Celender and Jerry Kearns

O.K. Harris Works of Art

Don Sunseri’s sculpture made from twigs, sticks and rocks bespeaks a neopastoral hippie esthetic that refuses to die. It’s the appeal of art-making from a populist position, canny but modest, modernism in a folksy vernacular. Here the upshot is a confusion about the origin of these things. Are they by one hand or are they incidentally sculptural craftwork and carpentry culled from a rural village? Riser looks like two bridgeboards (not risers) from a staircase, and Pole predicts a road sign. In some works, Sunseri uses forms and materials to refer to childhood. His seven Arrows might have been picked up outside a schoolhouse. Modeling clay, not paint, is used to color wood planks.

Sunseri’s formal usages imply that a lot of his works are grounded in an analogy to human development. Passage is basically a freestanding enlargement of Entry. Together they could connote stages of life: Entry

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