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Joan Perlman/Lloyd Hamrol: "a sky in the palm of a hand"

by Karin Lanzoni
Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2016/17

“One must have a mind of winter / To regard the frost and boughs,” writes Wallace Stevens in his famous poem “The Snow Man.” As a snowman, a viewer could behold nature—a wintry landscape—without bias or preference and unencumbered by expectation. Let us take this advice when regarding the supple, sculptural installations of Lloyd Hamrol and the cool, abstract paintings of Joan Perlman in their joint exhibition. In entirely different ways, their works are very much about materials and processes conjured from notions of the landscape. Full essay