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Gary Hill

of surf, death, tropes & tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment
March 18 – April 23, 2011
515 West 24th Street

Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce our fifth exhibition with Gary Hill. Long known for his unique combination of video, sound, performance and installation, Hill has continuously offered multilayered investigations into the phenomenological nature of how we perceive the world through a network of visual, aural and linguistic signals. Exploring the cognitive and sensorial conditions that underlie our discursive modes of communication, Hill experiments with the material and sonic properties of language to offer provocative meditations upon the production of meaning within our everyday contexts. Since the early 1970s, Hill’s use of video has occupied a central role in his artistic practice, using the medium as a formal site and structure to both examine and deconstruct the power of the image. Concerned with an increasingly homogenized visual culture, Hill disarticulates the primary communicative function of electronic media by playing with sound, speed, and sequence, to produce not only radical ruptures within our normative processes of perception, but also new ways of encountering meaning.

Born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California, Gary Hill has been subject of numerous solo exhibitions in museums and institutions worldwide, including: the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain; and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; among others.  Hill has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1995) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award (1998).