Numbers and Trees: Palm Canyon, Palm Series 4, set of 4, 2021
Color aquatint and spitbite aquatint and chine colle with printed acrylic box
Each: 62 x 35 x 3 1/2 inches (157.5 x 88.9 x 8.9 cm)
Edition of 35
Charles Gaines at Max Hetzler and Berggruen, ABMB
Although the artist defers to a formulaic approach to generate his work—a mathematical algorithm to determine the numbers and colors within a grid—the resulting motifs are dynamic and vibrant. Subjects like trees and faces are composed utilizing a system chosen to elevate his artwork above the subjective and the personal. His "Palms," especially, read more like bursting fireworks than resplendent flora. Max Hetzler had a unique work-on-paper on view, while Berggruen Gallery showcased a suite of editioned Plexi-encased California palms on resale.