San Francisco

Fletcher Benton and John Ihle

Hansen Galleries

Mr. Benton’s “Kinetic Paintings” are sophisticated mobile geometric montages in the crisply economical symmetries and black, white, and primary color palette of the Hard Edge school. In a modern spirit Mr. Benton has turned to the mechanical principles underlying the famous automata of the great 17th and 18th cen­tury horologists, executing colorful compositions on a metal plaque or “face” equipped with various sliding bars, squares and panels, the synchronized movements of which are predetermined by an essentially “clockwork” type of mechanism encased behind the plaque. Technologically the only modern touch is that the rotors, gears and cogwheels are activated by switch-con­trolled electric current rather than by pendulums or key-wound springs. The most successful of these novelties are Synchromatic Blue and Red and Synchromatic Red and Silver. In both of these devices the essential design

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