Steve Lambert, Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, 2011. Aluminum and electronics by Alexander Reben, 9 x 20 x 7 ft.

Steve Lambert

Lincoln, Massachusetts

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

It looks like a chunk of retro advertising that fell off a building in Times Square: white light bulbs spelling out, in gigantic letters, CAPITALISM. Below, script adds, “Works for me!” On either side comes the kicker: “True” or “False.” Viewers are asked to push a button and vote. Electronic scorecards on each side tally a running vote total. The tally at my visit: 1,325 true, 1,255 false. The sign is not a plug for Wall Street. It is Steve Lambert’s conceptual goad, intended to provoke dialogue about the American economic system. At deCordova, the work was accompanied by a video documenting interviews with voters; contrary to what might be expected, no one said definitively that capitalism had not worked for them—though several suggested that it should be modified, and many decried the disparities in income and lifestyle that divide U.S. society. …see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.