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Friday, March 17 – Sunday, April 2


Gary hill

2023 / USA

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Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 7pm
Sunday from 2pm to 6pm

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The work :

Continuing with a thread of works that comingle language, memory and vision between extremities of light and darkness (Midnight Crossing, 1997 and The Storyteller’s Room, 1998, The Slow Torque of Bonsai, 2017), Afterwards will utilize considerably more found objects—debris, surplus, cast out furnishings, tools etc. that are consciously setup to generate overlapping vague narratives produced similarly to the previous works by using singular pulses of extreme light (harnessing the instant on capability of strobe lights) coinciding with speech acting as a trigger.

Once seated, a dim light fades and the space becomes pitch black. After several seconds a faint image begins to appear but is not discernable for several more seconds. Just about the time a viewer can grasp an image a voice speaks a singular word or phrase and at exactly the same time a momentary burst of blinding light obliterates the image and produces an afterimage of the objects/architecture that moves and at times multiplies with the blinks of the viewers’ eyes. It too fades in a matter of seconds putting the viewer back into pitch black space and/or with the hint of other images encroaching on the space. The process continues—images emerge, are slowly recognizable (or not quite) and the voice/light “resets” the space at varying intervals. The maximal experience involves a process of slow accumulation of narrative strands—viewers are made acutely aware of the neurological and physiological processes taking place over time.

The artist :

Since the early 1970’s Gary Hill (b. 1951, Santa Monica, CA), has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, sound, video, text, installation and performance, producing a large body of single-channel videos, mixed-media installations, writings and performance work.

Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; and most recently on view at the Cafa Museum, Beijing, The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, WEST Den Haag, Den Haag and The Suwon Ipark Art Museum, Korea.

He has won numerous awards including the Golden Lion for Sculpture at the 1995 Venice Biennale and the Kurt-Schwitters-Preis 2000 of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Hannover, Germany. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and is one of the few to receive 2 Guggenheim Fellowships.

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