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October 15th, 2010
thesmithian
the artist’s new show is reviewed here. more about Jeff Sonhouse, here.

It is mischaracterizing the work to say that it  “examines what it means to be a pawn” in any analytical way. Its center  of gravity is more subjective, more inward-directed. It hinges on  feelings Sonhouse projects onto the surface of his subjects regardless  of their political status, rather than because of it. This is why  Sonhouse’s subjects vary so much—from a mandarin like Powell to a  labor leader like Toussant, or an anonymous blind man in a flamboyant  coat—even as the essential style and emotional tone remain the same.

the artist’s new show is reviewed here. more about Jeff Sonhouse, here.

It is mischaracterizing the work to say that it “examines what it means to be a pawn” in any analytical way. Its center of gravity is more subjective, more inward-directed. It hinges on feelings Sonhouse projects onto the surface of his subjects regardless of their political status, rather than because of it. This is why Sonhouse’s subjects vary so much—from a mandarin like Powell to a labor leader like Toussant, or an anonymous blind man in a flamboyant coat—even as the essential style and emotional tone remain the same.

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