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Slow Motion
Judith Eisler captures minute moments in a new exhibition.

By Fan Zhong
 

This Oscar Sunday, like any before it, will honor performances involving a towering scene, a chewy monologue, a ghastly physical transformation. But there will also be less showy roles that accumulate, slowly but surely, a body of minute inflections and barely perceptible tugs of the mouth.

In her new solo exhibition at Sarah Gavlak gallery in Los Angeles, the painter Judith Eisler freezes such small moments on canvas. Even in high melodrama—such as Douglas Sirk’s 1958 aviation romance Tarnished Angels, from which these stills of star Dorothy Malone were borrowed—there are a few frames that sell an entire story.