New York

Hollis Sigler

Barbara Gladstone Gallery

If Ida Applebroog is a soft-spoken commentator on urban affairs, then Hollis Sigler is a closet interpreter of suburban life. Her new series of paintings, “Poisoned,” depicts a set of unpopulated rooms cluttered with the tiny material objects and emotional residue of one dominant male who was “hungry for power,” and of one dominated woman who was “always devining [sic] to be loved.” Their mock-sentimental tale of woe, told through the delicate captions that are painted onto these paintings, is not nearly as interesting as the varying collections of tiny doll-sized objects that clutter the paintings. The two mysteriously absent folks who inhabit these places wouldn’t hang out in desolate hotel rooms; if they even venture from their luxurious interiors, it is probably to go to a social event populated by their own kind.

Simply, the fairy tale told in nine one-line captions is as follows:

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