Gary Hill

Biography of Gary Hill

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.

In many of his most renowned pieces Gary Hill engages in a complex deconstruction of the frame, restaging the video image within sculptural elements. Often using images as a form of language, his works attempt to trigger an emotional response in the mind of the viewer. Film and sound are also explored using discourse analysis, which focuses on various dimensions of language such as intonation, syntax, and gestures. His beautifully presented work is ideally suited to the multiple and edition format.

The recipient of a whole host of awards, including the Leone d'Oro, Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1995, Gary Hill continues to attract worldwide attention. He has had solo retrospectives in MoMA, New York, Guggenheim Museum, SoHo, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and is featured in most major collections worldwide.


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