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Susan Hall

Hamilton Gallery

Susan Hall walks boldly on the magical side of realism. Her recent works offer prime-time viewing in the pictorial “Twilight Zone,” where the familiar is fantastic, where seeing is not necessarily knowing. In this group of recent drawings and paintings Hall is returning to (but not limited by) subjects that have interested her since the early ’70s—women, travel, etc. In both mediums the aim is the same—to make a rich, emotional, psychologically loaded art and to suggest deliciously mysterious experience. Her means is a tension-filled relationship between form and content articulated with a graphically bold and precisely illustrational style that brings out the symbolic edge in all of it. In Queen of Hearts, a conté crayon drawing, a woman holds two cards, one in each gloved hand: on one card is a picture of a baby in a carriage; on the other, a picture of a woman holding a pistol opposite

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