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Philip Geiger

Tatistcheff Gallery

By remaining loyal to his own outlook and pictorial inclinations, Philip Geiger, a realist painter in his early 30s, has achieved a heightened level of expression in his recent show. Geiger’s mastery of appearances has become sharper and clearer even as he has honed his ability to seize the moment—to get below the surface and beyond the instant at the more substantial essence of things.

Like Edward Hopper, Geiger is attuned to the poetic dynamic locked beneath the prosaic scenery of 20th-century America. Taking his Charlottesville, Virginia, surroundings as his subject matter, he has provided a portrait of contemporary life that is convincing in the highest esthetic sense—it is true to subjective experience.

Favoring casual snapshot views, Geiger has made the passage of time a key to unlocking this poetic dynamic. In Two Interiors (all works 1989), the fleeting character of time was compellingly

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