Vitamin A: Elizabeth Holtry’s “Would You Like to Hear…”
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Like the rest of her works now on view at Hillyer Art Space, Elizabeth Holtry’s painting “Would You Like to Hear…” mimics the style of toile de jouy, an 18th century French fabric decorated with pastoral scenes, but featuring creatures that “most consider repulsive, frightening or unattractive,” say the press materials. This piece immediately stands out for its horizontal dimensions—7-by-96 inches—and for its cranberry-on-yellow color scheme, but also for its calculated, unblinking portrayals of packs of predators devouring an antelope and a zebra. Think of it as carnivore meals from A to Z. See details of the work below.
"Elizabeth Holtry: Toile de Jouy" is on view noon to 5 p.m. Monday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday to Feb. 24 at Hillyer Art Space.