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Making Connections

Mark Lombardi finds art in the ties that bind

Among the more successful works are Tom Sale's Lilliputian sculptures, situated on chunks of rock or asphalt, the varying samples of which indicate a truly discerning pavement-watcher. His imaginative additions to these chunks are informed by their irregularities -- a tiny toy boat is sunk into a pock mark, a diminutive golfer is waist deep in a Sand Trap. In Disobedient, a miniature plastic puppy is tied down by a host of even smaller men and women purchased in a hobby shop. These works, like Schwarz's, show that the found object can be useful when it stimulates imagination or playfulness -- but not when it lends an aura of the discarded, the worn or the nostalgic to work that is, otherwise, lacking.

"Over the Line" will be on view through January 11 at Lawndale Art & Performance Center, 4912 Main Street, 528-5858.

"Reconstructed-ness" will be on view through January 4 at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 223-8346.

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