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Vandorn Hinnant: Explorer of Form

Ark by Vandorn Hinnant

The North Carolina Central University Art Museum presents a survey of works on paper, geometric abstractions and sculpture by Durham based artist Vandorn Hinnant. With key works from the artist, the exhibition will showcase work from a number of series beginning in the 1980s, however, the majority are concentrated after  the 1990’s. The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to experience the repertoire of this artist, demonstrating his investigation of geometric forms and subtle color harmonies. The artist views sculpture as equally important to his practice as a draftsman and a number are in the exhibition. Vandorn Hinnant: Explorer of Form and the Beauty of Number will be on view from September 13 through October 16, 2015 in the NCCU Art Museum.

The show, which opens with a free public reception from 2-4pm on Sunday, September 13, will feature more than 40 pieces by the artist. Hinnant successfully developed an aesthetic not dominated by artists who embraced other modes of expression. His work emphasizes an originality and mastery of designs and patterns that would be developed with the employment of fractal mathematics and other forms of geometry to express metaphysical concepts.

A circular configuration began to reappear as a central element in Hinnant’s work with greater frequency after the mid-1980s and many are included in the exhibition. A significant accomplishment also present in the exhibition is the mastery of designs and patterns in what Hinnant describes as ‘visual mathematics’. He has written that his work can be described as a refined synthesis of abstract expressionist painting and sacred geometry drawings. The meticulous nature of his work dictates that he work on paper in some instances and the majority of the works in the exhibition are on paper.

The North Carolina Central University Art Museum is located on Lawson Street across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building. Every effort is made to make all museum events accessible to the handicapped. For general information or assistance, please call 530-6211. For group visits, please call in advance. The Museum is open Sunday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
by Art Production Specialist, Christine M Perry
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