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John Souza

Sue Spaid Fine Art

John Souza’s “Rememberentering” consisted of seven large wall pieces and one that was petite—like Snow White and her dwarfs in reverse. Issues of architecture, death, memory, and narrative were all addressed in this show, but it was the tiny elements that made the work compelling. The quizzical decisions, non sequiturs, and deliberate craftsmanship roped the viewer into these frisky and deadly serious sculptural constructions.

Long titles suggested their own narratives. The title of one work, Past the Moat, the Drop Gate and Iron Doors, the Intruder Advanced Toward the Castle’s Murder Hole and Ultimate Terror, read like an intricate computer-game plot. The unbearable suspense and frenetic action implied by the title was reflected in the fact that several elements of the work were either out of place or seemed to be missing. Like many of the other pieces in this show, Past the Moat, 1994,

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