Jill Giegerich, To B. H. (2) (JG2009-11), 2009, oil on canvas, 30 x 23".

Jill Giegerich

Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art

Jill Giegerich, To B. H. (2) (JG2009-11), 2009, oil on canvas, 30 x 23".

Several recurring visual tropes circulate through the schematic and disjunctive dreamscape of Jill Giegerich’s recent paintings, repeating and recombining in various guises like a shuffled and reshuffled deck. A circle of suggestive formal relationships emerges, and one could map a flowchart of such connections through the twenty-seven works from the past four years that were on view in this show: There are cartoonish, angular ears conjuring a chiseled Superman type, which identify a crucial state of heightened auditory (sensory) alertness that amplifies and ricochets off depictions elsewhere of industrial robotic figures based on communication towers for deep-space listening devices. Echoing the concavity of such satellite dishes, full-bodied cactus blossoms splay across numerous canvases, transitively suggesting a visual metaphor for the petal-like ornateness of the human ear,

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