Withershins, 1995

Gary Hill

The Perfomative Image: Agitation Toward Ontological Inquiry

Date 12/1/99

Affiliation Artist, Seattle


Internationally renowned artist Gary Hill began working in video in the early 1970s. One-person exhibitions of his video environments have recently been held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Long Beach Museum of Art; and the Basel Kunsthalle. Gary Hill won the Leone D'Or for best sculpture at the 1995 Venice Biennale. Hill's work often incorporates poetic and/or philosophical texts of his own or of such writers as Maurice Blanchot, Gregory Bateson, Martin Heidegger, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

"Hill's installations liberate video art from the confines of the screening room; his video projections and multimonitor, digitally edited imagery can awaken even the most dazed TV channel-surfers. Tall Ships was the one undisputed hit of Documenta IX and the 1993 Whitney Biennial, and remains one of the most compelling works of the last decade." - Art In America, June, 1995.

-- As of 12/1/99

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