Chicago

Hollis Sigler

Dart Gallery

Hollis Sigler cloaks a woman’s dilemma in the folds of a childlike style. This neo-naive can render distorted perspective exquisitely, can wield hatch strokes to make carpets bristle, walls buckle, and planes slide so that spatial dislocations correspond to psychological uncertainties. Sigler makes very pretty, indeed feminine paintings while retaining a strong emotional charge and maintaining her feminist position in the war between the sexes. The title of the first drawing in this show—I’ve Got This Job Of Being A Woman, 1982—announces her theme, but it is high-key carnival color and illustrative stylization that carry the biggest visual impact. The tension between the neo-naive, nonthreatening, even nonsignificant direct style and the “heavy,” psychologically loaded subject matter which is declared in handwritten inscriptions across each drawing or painting is a calculated strategy.

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