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Sean Landers

Postmasters

The plaster casts Sean Landers uses in his works are cheap copies, commercial reproductions of famous or popular sculptures sold as bookends or piano-top knickknacks. The head of the great Laocoön appears in one, a Roman sculpture of Agrippa in another, and there are portraits of Shakespeare, of Marie Antoinette, of Pan, and of an anonymous French aristocrat. Landers takes the casts, puts them in deep cylinders, and submerges them in a translucent brown polyester resin. The block that emerges is then placed on a pedestal of Landers’ own making.

Landers seems to be fascinated the way contexts affect our appreciation of artifacts. In an earlier work (Petra, 1988), he took a cheap garden sculpture and monumentalized it by placing it atop a small mountain he had made out of concrete and wood. In this case, the staged context is not just physical, but temporal; the amber color of the resin makes

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