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Art of Contradiction -- Art of Change

Dean Ruck at Hiram Butler and Katherine Hall at West End

One senses that Hall's mother never let her guard down. Perhaps she worked on fashion designs and read right-wing propaganda to stay out of trouble, especially during a time when women had few life experiences outside the home. Hall doesn't break her mother's mold. She chooses to come to terms with an unhappy woman who, like many women of that generation, adhered to a single path even though she psychologically rebelled against such an imposed lifestyle.

Taken together, the horse harness and two walls displaying the recipes and pages from group-think hell tally up to considerably more than some personal mid-life, parent-child crisis. Hall's installation aims to penetrate the ongoing conflict of stasis and change, diving into the very core of conditions that keep one fearful throughout life's inevitable processes.

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