American artist Gary Hill is one of the most important visual and sound artists working today. His pioneering investigations into the relationships between words, sounds, and electronic images have helped construct a large and varied body of work. Born in Santa Monica in 1951, Hill began his career studying metal sculpture before beginning his experiments with film and sound installations in the 1970s.
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About the artwork
In this video piece, Hill himself describes the qualities of television in a monotone voice, the artist seen through a fisheye lens with varying props. Described as a "manifesto in jest", Commentary sees the video artist playfully critiquing the alienating effects of T.V., stating "no one is connecting", whilst simultaneously attempting to relate to his audience. He partially obscures himself, covering his face with a lamp or his hands, only to reach out to touch the screen of the camera in the next shot, the editing synced to the rhythm of Hill's voice. A complex relationship between performer and viewer is created, the signed limited edition throwing up questions on both the potential and limitations of screen-to-screen interaction.