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D. Jack Solomon

Pam Adler Gallery

D. Jack Solomon continues to center his droll pictorial fantasies around animals. Where the jungle and the zoo were the major themes in his last show, in 1980, cats now provide the main motif. In fact, the artist says the starting point for these pieces was the idea of a “cat coming in from the side.” This idea is rendered with inventive formal variations in these ambiguous narrative drawings and constructions.

Certain devices in the drawings, with their frames within the frame, decorated margins, and plays on spatial and volumetric illusionism, display an interest in traditional Persian miniatures, a genre in which cats abounded in hunting scenes. But in Solomon’s intimate and stylized renderings these features, along with the mysterious personages of the stalking cat and the standing, Eastern, robed figure (which reappear throughout the series entitled “Court Page”), are turned toward

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