Where have all the Soviets gone?

Dominic Sansone | United States





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    Art Description: Forty eight Predator Drones, painted the colors of the rainbow, "float" on storm clouds. Appeared in the May 2016 issue of Sculpture Magazine.
    "Where Have All the Soviets Gone? reflects on my time in the aerospace industry and living through the end phases of the cold war. Through these forty-eight colorful planes riding in storm clouds, I hope to call attention to the seemingly never-ending cast of new villains that have replaced the USSR and the United States' increased reliance on unmanned aerial vehicles. The title recalls a simpler time, when our “enemies” were clearly defined and our government seemed less at war with its own citizens."

    Medium Used: urethane foam, paint, graphite, steel

    Dominic Sansone | United States

    My current body of artwork is a critical response to the current geopolitical landscape, created by the disproportionate role of the Military Industrial Complex in our society. Militarism has seeped into every segment of our culture; from building “defensive” walls on our borders, to calls for arming our teachers and children. Fear and paranoia ooze from our pores as we cower in imaginary foxholes on battlefields that do not exist. Always a new enemy, always some new evil to vanquish, war without end. Ultimately the goal is not to answer the questions or propose solutions for the viewer, but hopefully to cause them to consider, with more than a cursory glance, the reality we build for ourselves through the choices we make as individuals and how those choices impact our civilization. To achieve these ends, I interpret contemporary events by drawing inspiration from moments in history and utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach with a dash of acerbic wit.