Los Angeles

Charles Hinman

Feigen/Palmer Gallery

Hard-Edge painting seeks expres­sion through control and careful tech­nique. But purity and sterility may be synonyms, and many artists explore variations on the approach in an attempt to stay on the fruitful side of the line. One of the most successful practitioners of a varied approach seen recently is Charles Hinman, who paints three-dimensional works. His first ap­proach is to give each flat area of color a stretched canvas of its own, so that the shape, the color, and the canvas are one. He then hangs the can­vases in relationship to one-another, sometimes uniting felt relationships with a line of yellow string. This ap­proach also brings the surface of the wall into play so that it becomes a part of the composition. # l is composed of two large triangles in red and blue, hung in such a way that they become a vertical rectangle cut from upper left to lower right by an uneven band of

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