Drawings by Robin Hill
May 1-June 16, 2007
Don Soker Contemporary Art
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
Don Soker is pleased to announce Drawing the Line, a solo exhibition by Robin Hill, consisting of new large-scale wax drawings which explore the diagrammatic, navigational, transcendental, and hypnotic potential of singular line formations, derived from chance operations and subjected to inversion, enlargement, reduction, repetition, and rotation. Drawn with hot tools and filled with pigment, the lines in her drawings conjure the lexicons of branding, tattooing, carving, engraving, and tracks.
In this new body of work Hill continues to examine the potential of wayward materials, in this case red thread dropped onto pieces of paper which serve as an index for the variations revealed in these drawings. Her drawing, sculpture, and photography share the qualities and questions that have been the subject of her work for years, whereby a seemingly arbitrary process of image-making leads to meaning through repetition and organization, and whereby images and forms acquire a sense of purpose, not in their singularity, but in their relationship to the whole, whether that whole is a space or a collection of works in a space.
Robin Hill received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She resides in Woodland, California and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is represented by Lennon-Weinberg, Inc., New York and Don Soker, San Francisco. Recent solo shows include Kardex at another year in LA, and Multiplying the Variations at the University Art Gallery-California State University, Stanislaus (accompanied by a catalog with an essay by poet and critic, Raphael Rubinstein). She has also embarked on a number of collaborative projects with sculptor Steve Kaltenbach, composer Sam Nichols, and dancer Kristin Nash. Other Voices, the e-Journal of Cultural Criticism, recently commissioned an interview with Hill entitled Handmade, Repetition, Narrative: An Interview with Robin Hill, and can be found at http://www.othervoices.org. She has received grants and awards from the NEA, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is in the collections of the UCLA Hammer Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, and The Richard L. Nelson Museum. She is an Associate Professor of Art at UC Davis. Additional information about Robin Hill is available online at http://www.robin-hill.net