Edith Baumann-Hudson is a Los Angeles artist who has chosen the stark and difficult path of geometric painting. This year she is lining up double tracks of horizontals on a canvas, inflecting her work solely by means of color and the number of pairs of bars. Pale avocado bars on white look rather casual and summery; brick-red bars on white have an almost logo-like corporate feel. A set of blue bars shout at the same decibel level as the yellow-over-blue ground they share. Red on black seems airless and oppressive.
These are very obvious effects. Maybe the paintings with even-numbered sets have a more decisive finish--like ending a piece of music on a dominant chord. Well, maybe not. Maybe the repetition of bars of equal thickness and length has the same satisfyingly rhythmic effect as the ties of railroad tracks. Maybe not.