Artist Jeff Sonhouse Saves You the Cost of LSD

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Jeff Sonhouse's The Spirit of a Hypocrite (2008). Photo: Courtesy of Tilton Gallery

Jeff Sonhouse paints prominent — Condoleezza Rice, Diddy — and not so prominent African-Americans into colorful, distorted, geometrical compositions that render the subject barely recognizable but for the occasional giveaway detail. Condi, for example, becomes identifiable by her trademark sculpted hair made from steel wool; this guy’s hair, on the other hand, made of bright-yellow vegetable-like matter, reminds us of those posters they distributed in grade school that said “you are what you eat.” See Sonhouse’s tactile paintings at Tilton Gallery through December 23.