Time was when all an artist needed to express himself was a stain, a stick and a space. But modern technology offers artists a thousand new ways of creating, and artists must concern themselves with means as well as ends. One of the newest mediums is the invention of California's Robert Mallary, 34, whose experiments in color and design are now on view in a Sacramento gallery.

Mallary is probably the only artist who ever chose to do most of his work in the dark. He molds his abstract sculptures from transparent acetate, paints them with luminous pigments which glow only...

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