Painting: And Now: Top

"Mine is reverse perspective," says Charles Hinman, 33. By this he means that his abstract paintings, rather than being stretched flat within rectangular frames, balloon out into space (see color pages). By warping his canvases over well-carpentered underpinnings, Hinman has added a real third dimension to painting, and in so doing he has become the leading exponent of the new movement called "top" (for topographical) art.

Eleven years ago, "Chuck" Hinman was pitching Class A baseball for the Milwaukee Braves. But he soon had a bachelor of fine arts from Syracuse, and in the end, art won out. While teaching...

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