November 4-29, 2003
cyanotype mounted on wood, found metal, sand
panel dimensions: 27" X 108"
Don Soker Gallery
49 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94108
This body of work is a continuation of Hill's investigation into the relationship between the found object and the constructed object, opacity and translucency, and between two and three dimensionality. Gathered on the beach near her summer residence on Cape Breton Island, Hill has used hundreds of rusted metal fragments as the matrix for her installation of 9 ft. long cyanotypes on paper. While subtly referencing the repetitive tumbling action of the tide upon these objects, this work also speaks to the notion of re-use. This work is evidence of a way of working that is open to chance and invention while at the same time resonating with purposefulness. Of her work the writer Dominique Nahas has said, "The artist's ideas are about perception, as magic is. They are about limits and categories: Ephemeral as opposed to substantive, profusion as opposed to waste. They are about the recording and re-ordering of substances. Tied in with this are ideas of circularity, the mutability of materials and the illusion of appearances (as in magic). As a magician, Hill pre-determines the presence of air, light, weight, density and accumulation to re-instigate and re-vitalize the space around each of her objects. Her work is about many things, but it touches on the recording of ephemera, the beauty of appearances and of cross-referenced accumulated detail. Her homespun materials and repeated mark making create visual hymns to the powers of repeated movements and gestures. The rhythms of Hill's re-circulated materials appearing in different contexts display a capacity for art making which is intellectually curious and elegantly resolved without undo mannerism. Hill's works seem to be the vibrant residues, and the end result of a dialogue with haptic (that is, tactile) space. Hill recently moved to the west coast from New York City upon joining the studio faculty at the University of California at Davis.