New York

Hollis Sigler

Gladstone/Villani Gallery

Frames—the ambiguous area between art and the world, separating the two and binding them together. As an artist you either accept the frame as manifest destiny, territorial imperative, a container, or you play with it. But you cannot eliminate it, for it just returns in another disguise. The frame is the tenacious constant.

In Hollis Sigler’s They Always Get You Where You Live, a cat walks “across” one of the frames. Frames in Sigler’s drawings are prefaces for serious play. They aren’t just there; they’re elaborated and broadened, nearly part of the image, being made of the same pictorial and actual (Craypas) material. First there is a (wooden?) frame, thin and colored over. Next comes a large area of framing that gives the impression of both breathless velocity and vertiginous frozen movement—smeared, sliding color spectrums, slowly dragged into a continuous circling pattern of framing,

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