The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica is presenting Five by Five, an exhibition of new paintings and monoprints by Los Angeles artist Charles Christopher Hill, through Sept. 3.

Concurrently, the gallery is exhibiting a suite of three large-scale etchings by artist Richard Serra in Levels, 2008.

In his most recent body of work, Hill has created paintings that relate to the sculptural works of Finish Fetish artist, Larry Bell (the cubes) and Peter Alexander (the wedges).

In paintings like With Reflections, 2011, Hill paints bands across the canvas in excess of 50 times using a full spectrum of color with the final application being a dense red or black. In between each layer of paint he applies an acrylic varnish. The built-up layers of the two acrylic materials create a saturated, lustrous, glossy surface.

An etching press is substituted for a brush and canvas, resulting in a greater depth of color and a rich, coarse matte surface, a gallery spokesperson explains.

Hill’s works will also be featured in the upcoming exhibition Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971, part of the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time program.

The exhibit Levels, 2008 includes three large-scale etchings by Serra that engage a sense of balance and space by altering the horizon line in the room, the gallery spokesperson says. The works are exhibited without glazing, allowing the gravity and weight of the etchings to be fully present and uninterrupted.

The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery is at 2525 Michigan Ave., B6, Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 264-0640, or lesliesackscontemporary.com.

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