Chicago

Hollis Sigler

Dart Gallery

Hollis Sigler is an unapologetic romantic. Her paintings are openhanded gestures of emotion, pictographs of the dramas played out in the recesses of our hearts. Like some duenna of despair, Sigler squires these over-determined episodes into being. She captures the small moments when the awful and wondrous enormity of what it means to live and to love reveals itself in a flash, when the alienation and disillusionment that are our necessary lot become suddenly palpable. There are no human figures in the 12 small paintings that make up the series entitled “The Angry Heart,” (all works 1989), yet the surfaces of these works are redolent with human presence. Sigler shows us rooms and lawns where the atmosphere of romance lingers.

Sigler’s signature faux naïf style, her predilection for a candy-colored palette, and handpainted decorated frames are all in evidence throughout this series of paintings

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