The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica is presenting an exhibition of works by Charles Christopher Hill through Sept. 22, tracking the artist’s trajectory from his 1970s “stitch” pieces to his most recent paintings.
The title “…and Group Show” alludes to the disparate
aesthetics and techniques Hill has employed over the span of 40 years, leaving the impression that this is the work of multiple artists, a gallery spokesperson said.
Hill recently participated in four Pacific Standard Time shows, each of which highlighted a different era in his career. The exhibitions took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena; Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach; and the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu.
Hill’s latest body of work maintains a deceptively minimal aesthetic, with painted bands that are built up across his canvases in a full spectrum of color then finished with a final application of a dominant and dense red, black or blue, the gallery spokesperson notes.
Over 50 layers of acrylic paint
and varnish are used. Between the bands, glimpses of previous layers can be seen – yellows and greens and blues that hint again at Hill’s painstaking process. Hill’s work is included in such collections as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.