This was the period when the Detroit-born artist was at last synthesizing the varied influences he had absorbed over the years.
These influences began with the abstract-expressionist heritage of Hans Hofmann to which Loving was exposed by one of Hofmann’s students: Al Mullen, under whom Loving studied at the University of Michigan.
Next came input from some of the many artists he met and became familiar with after 1968, when he moved to New York, from Claes Oldenburg to Kenneth Noland, and finally from the indigenous arts of his African ancestors, in particular the circles and spirals that decorate so much of their work.
The current show has only eight pieces, but almost all of them work beautifully. Four are mixed media or collage mounted on square canvases.
Chief among this group is the beautiful piece for which the show is named, “Space, Time, Light #1” (1977), with its field of a pale ocean-blue topped off by twinkling flocks of small, gull-like white and grey shapes.
My favorites, however, are the four irregularly-shaped mixed-media pieces whose multi-colored congeries of circles and spirals are mounted flat against the walls.
Consider, for example, “James” (1989) whose red, white and black spirals on a pink yellow and especially lime-colored field are complemented by small appliques of checkerboards, one black-and-white, and one red-white-and-blue.
Like a giant slug, it oozes across the wall, but with what life! What verve! What started out looking like a garden pest has – by the magic of its glowing colors -- become a radiant tour de force.