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Coar, Heinecken, Rink

Long Beach Museum of Art

Imagination and ability combined make up this superb exhibit of art-photography. In the black and white prints of Robert Heinecken is manifested the most creative and versatile approach to the photography medium. In attempting to “trigger responses on associative as well as on formal levels,” as the artist has stated, Heinecken produces surreal and neo-Dada compositions through innumerable technical devices. Most often incongruous images are juxtaposed in a variety of ways: by fragmenting then reorganizing segments of a single photo, as in the multiple solution puzzles; by combining a number of separate pictures into a single composition, as in the cruciform “Visual Poem about the Imitative Sexual Education of an American Girl”; by translating and segmenting a picture into geometric sculptural forms, often stacked or suspended by a single point; and by superimposition of two or more

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