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Donald McFadyen; Hollis Sigler

Dart Gallery

This two-person show juxtaposed the work of two artists of quite different pictorial means who are both concerned with the rhetoric of framing. Donald McFadyen and Hollis Sigler make very different choices of technique and scale but share subtle connections of setting within distinct manipulations of the frame.

McFadyen’s tiny paintings are disconcertingly fractional. Debris-strewn alleyways, a pool hall’s gleaming fixtures, body parts, or anxious plumes of smoke are all rendered in oil on wood with nearly photographic accuracy in a palette of blacks, grays, and dusty ochers and browns. These details are highlighted through McFadyen’s use of dramatic chiaroscuro, but his is a light that illuminates without revealing. In several works McFadyen creates a sequence of images by arranging several panels horizontally within a single long frame, suggesting narrative readings. But even these

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