San Francisco

Tom Hall

New Image Gallery

Super­-refined wall constructions designed like shadow boxes is this gallery’s genteel offering for November. Hall arranges 19th-century memorabilia much as an archeologist might design his specimens for display. The jewel-like finish of the boxes contrasts oddly with the old photos, combs, dummy body parts and other unlikely stuff set on them. The compositions are intended to be esthetic and they stand or fall on that basis alone. There is no shock or protest im­plied by any of these constructions-­cum-assemblage.

James Monte