Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to announce representation of D.J. Hall with her first exhibition at the gallery, Into Plein Air, opening on January 18th. Recognized for her realist paintings of women in big sunglasses lounging poolside with drinks, cakes and magazines, Hall partially attributes her interest in these subjects to a sometimes difficult childhood that found moments of happiness in her birthday parties in the backyard and pool of her grandmother’s home. Yet her glamorous images are able to function as personal “illusions of reality” as well as social commentary on our image-conscious culture. Whereas male Pop-realist artists such as Ramos, Wesselman and Rosenquist employed the sexy, stylized female stereotypes that were a product of mass media, D.J. Hall examines actual women who can both satirize and revel in their fantasies. Her exhibition, Into Plein Air, combines these concepts with a more recent interest in sketching and painting in small notebooks outdoors. Gouaches and watercolors of flowers, desert hikes, Palm Springs Modernist buildings, and the canals of Venice (CA) suggest the pure pleasure of looking at what has come to be identified as the ideal of Southern California living. These fresh perceptions on paper are juxtaposed with a few larger triptychs on canvas. In these paintings, the chatty poolside parties of the past have given way to an introspective solitary swimmer in the center image, flanked by a sleek but empty Modernist home on the left, and flowers silhouetted against the sky on the right. On the occasion of this exhibition, the gallery has published a signed, limited edition facsimile of a D.J. Hall sketchbook.
Gallery Talk: February 1, 10:30AM
RSVP by January 28