Michael Sommers's new work gives off the charged, sometimes thrilling effect of being engaged in battle with itself, attacking meaning from one angle then another, hawkishly watching the battlefield to see which ideas emerge victorious. It starts with the title, cribbed from the off-color 1950s and '60s stage work of Leonard Newfield (here played by Sommers) and Elle (Elise Langer). We're informed that the dummy in question is a substitute for something else. The way art stands in for the artist's senses and intent, perhaps. Or, a layer deeper, how the bare bones of a person's biography make a poor, two-dimensional substitute for the way that person perceives and... More >>>