In the lecture, American artist Gary Hill, will talk about his career as a pioneering video artist and his transition into installation and performance. The lecture is connected to his exhibition with Steina & Woody Vasulka at the LÁ Art Museum. The exhibition aims to present the commonalities of their earliest explorations and the subsequent divergence of their artistic practices, their conceptual, performative, and contemplative interpretations of the physical and the immaterial, along three unique trajectories reflecting their distinct sensibilities and unique syntaxes.
For over 50 years Gary Hill (b. 1951, Santa Monica, California), has worked as an inter-disciplinary artist incorporating sculpture, sound, language, video, installation and performance to explore an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity. For the past decade Hill’s gallery and museum exhibitions have focused on his life long interest in and influence of psychotropic experiences: of surf, death, tropes & tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment, premiered at the Barbara Gladstone (2011); Gary Hill: glossodelic attractors, a two-part exhibition at Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (2012); Cutting Corners Creates More Sides, recently exhibited at bitforms gallery in New york along with his Self ( ) Series, and Ghost Chance at The Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples.
The exhibition Sums & Differences will take place in LÁ Art Museum September 17th - 18th. The exhibition brings together works by Gary Hill, Steina, and Woody Vašulka. It aims to present the commonalities of their earliest explorations and the subsequent divergence of their artistic practices, their conceptual, performative, and contemplative interpretations of the physical and the immaterial, along three unique trajectories reflecting their distinct sensibilities and unique syntaxes. This collaborative project offers a new, albeit reductive, path through the artists’ extensive practice. In the exhibition the mutual exploratory relationship between image and sound is highlighted. The spectrum of work presented at the exhibition, spanning several decades, is a range of pieces from early exploratory works with electronic processing tools documenting real-time machine interactions, their performance and use as an augmentation of the senses, through works reflecting the development of each of their vocabularies and how the artists utilize, examine, or break with the algorithm or code in a unique way through their experiential research. Gary Hill will create a new piece specifically for the exhibition project. Steina’s most recent installation Pergament will be shown and several rarely seen film works by Woody Vašulka will be featured in this new unexpected constellation.