A quiet force amongst his more famous and muscular Abstract Expressionist peers, Milton Resnick nevertheless holds a significant place in a group of Post-War process-based artists whose primary goal was to see the canvas as a force field of spontaneous psychological confrontation. Starting in the early 1980s, Resnick embarked on a series of earth-toned, heavily impastoed works. Limiting himself to rectangular boards measuring 40 x 30 inches, the artist, then already in his mid-sixties, sets the mood with a heavily encrusted monochromatic all-over color palette but then gently cracks the surface allowing flashes of red, yellow and greens to break through. These works reward prolonged viewing. They journey the viewer into a gentle melancholy that comes with the stillness and solitude of a summer dusk or the mournfulness that a drifting cloud can bring on a fair day. In the words of the artist: “The Soul is a vacuum. Let it be filled.” At Cheim & Reid through March 31