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Theater & art


What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

There seems to be no end lately to painters pushing beyond the flat surface of the canvas into three dimensions. In her canny show “Shifting Horizon” at Samson, Lisa Sigal insinuates painting into architecture’s realm. Her works begin with one of painting’s most traditional genres, the landscape, but she invites us to see desolate urban landscapes through a fresh lens.

Sigal utilizes building materials, abstraction, and space to simultaneously place us within the landscape and distance us from it. These are complex, multilayered pieces. At the center of “Hinged Painting (City of Vernon)” hangs an image of a walled-off, deserted lot. It looks like a painting in fading, sun-bleached tones; in fact, it’s a photo printed on Tyvek. The fibers in that synthetic material recall brushstrokes.

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