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Robert Natkin

Poindexter Gallery

In one of his two continuing pictorial idioms, Robert Natkin, at Poindexter, composes by means of repeated rectangular modules of jigsawed forms—bars, color grids, chromatic bubbles, and irradiated, voids—echoing each other up and down or laterally across the picture façade. Value contrasts are extreme, as is the range of the spectrum, but the total effect is dry, “ironed on,” even sometimes paper thin. A rather metallically graded series of greys or its equivalent in a harmonic registration of colors glints through the patterning in the form of intervallic registers of tone. Natkin plays with densely squeezed vertical stripping against more open, horizontal buttressing, so that one feels each picture to be like an accordion, or a bellows compressing and shaping air. Moreover, the spatiality of these works is extremely complex—some of their slats and facets existing on the surface, others

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