new-york

Cheryl Laemmle

Terry Dintenfass, Inc.

The term magical realism has special relevance with respect to the painting of Cheryl Laemmle. Since the early ’80s she has gained respect for her ability to conjure a wondrous realm characterized by psychologically charged atmospheres and filled with fantastic forms. In this show, Laemmle has succeeded in raising the expressive ante by heightening the imaginative intensity of her enigmatic representations.

The motif of the wooden animal has long been a trademark of Laemmle’s, and here, in Dog With Hand (all works 1990), a hound’s head is displayed mounted on a short red base that suggests a collar. A gold chain hangs from a nail protruding from the dog’s neck and rests on a table, its opposite end attached to another nail hammered into a sketch of a hand that is tacked to a rectangular piece of wood. The dog’s mouth and nose do not quite touch the piece of wood but come close enough to

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