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Siemon Allen/Dominic McGill

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Clearly inspired by events in the Middle East, the works by Dominic McGill and Siemon Allen that make up the recent show “Pop Agenda” use a pop-cultural idiom to offer a glimpse of how political, economic, and social issues get transformed as they percolate through mass media and culture. McGill, who is British born but lives in New York, titles his work Project for a New American Century as a way to frame American military involvements in 2004 against those of the last hundred years. The immense drawing is suspended like a sculpture from the ceiling and looped in such a way that it forms a curved interior space in the center of the gallery. Beginning with the phrase NO FUN, NO FUTURE, NO OIL, a time line unfolds that references events and issues from Hiroshima to O.J. to the homeless to Cheney’s “Energy Task Force”; all of this is conveyed via sweeping panoramas suggesting patriotic

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