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todd
camplin
2014
SANDRA ONO
at  Conduit Gallery  through June 21
by Todd Camplin

I often take notice of what art captivates my six year old son’s attention. I enjoy his reaction to art and
like talking to him about what he sees. The boy is a pro at navigating the art scene. He always asks if
he can touch the art or he asks to visit the back storage rooms. Truly, the apple did not fall very far on
these points.
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these crystals,” he exclaimed, while in front of her sculpture of trash bags. I explain to him the
material, but I don’t think he was convinced. I also had this first impression that Ono had
grown them, until I observed the works closer. My mind also reflected on the Post-Minimalist
like works by Eva Hesse, or Robert Morris’ felt pieces. Maybe Ono is closer to the Conceptual
art of Tom Friedman. Friedman uses ordinary objects like toothpicks and pencil shavings to
make extraordinary art pieces. You might be familiar with locally shown artist,
Jessica Drenk.
Her pencil sculptures are a different take, but I feel Ono is definitely working in similar range
of ideas and aesthetics. In fact, recycling has been preached the last few generations, so
it is no wonder this idea of repurposing objects into art has become a kind of movement.
Untitled, 2014, trash bags & glue,  68x49x8 inches
While observing Sandra Ono’s work made of mop head, my son bent over, simulating the bend
Untitled 2014, trash bags & glue,  67x67 inches
Once again, Conduit’s project room gives you the best possible sensory overload. Rosalyn

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