New York

Clinton Hill

Zabriskie Gallery

As the basis of his sectioned acrylic painted and assembled panels, Clinton Hill, showing at the Zabriskie Gallery, uses a rather standard and unexceptional notion of relationships. Attractive though they are on first examination, his paintings manifest a single-minded decorative sensibility which never quite supersedes the level of those relationships the artist chooses to diagram in his work. Partitioned into four or five actual or painted rectangles within square or rectangular fields, the surface of each section of a canvas is softly modulated with neutralized tints (grey pinks, off-white, toasty beige, purplish cerise, coral, greenish mustard). In Blush II Hill alternates the gradations of each register from left to right or right to left in light, then dark tonalities, stacking a plum-to-buff, grey-to-green/pink, lavender-to-sienna, and grey-to-mauve group of panels on top of each

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