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Jennifer Pastor

Richard Telles Fine Art

Visitors to Jennifer Pastor’s first solo show were treated to a three-dimensional, freezeframed explosion of cartoon energy. Pastor’s single, sprawling sculpture dominated the small gallery like a cuddly, restive tiger cub held captive in a shoebox. Viewers had to stoop and then flatten themselves against walls as they circumnavigated the piece to experience it in its goofy, slightly unsettling entirety.

Pastor’s sculpture presents an image of cute, loony Christmas decorations run amok that seem to both shrink and elongate while thrashing about in some kind of wild tide. Like any well-conceived cartoon image, this piece resists being pinned down by description. Maybe that’s why the artist chose not to title it. It’s impossible to know where to begin groping for names because the work unleashes a flood of associations, but the temptation to try is irresistible. Title candidates might include:

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