Gary Hill

Gary Hill

by Robert C. Morgan
     
 

"Time, this is what is central to video, it is not seeing as its etymological roots imply. Video's intrinsic principle is feedback."--Gary Hill (From "Inter-view")

For more than twenty years Gary Hill has been at the cutting edge of video, often setting the terms for its development and pointing it in new, exciting directions. Since the mid-eighties, Hill has

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"Time, this is what is central to video, it is not seeing as its etymological roots imply. Video's intrinsic principle is feedback."--Gary Hill (From "Inter-view")

For more than twenty years Gary Hill has been at the cutting edge of video, often setting the terms for its development and pointing it in new, exciting directions. Since the mid-eighties, Hill has established himself as one of the major voices in the medium. His work has been the focus of major exhibitions and retrospectives at museums in Europe and the United States, including the Guggenheim Museum in Soho, the Whitney Biennial, and the Lyon Museum in France. He has received numerous awards, including the coveted MacArthur Award (1998).

Hill's work focuses on the poetic and philosophical implications of temporal perception. Tall Ships, for example, is a large-scale video installation that presents haunting images of isolated human figures in a darkened corridor, seen from a distance, then close up. Hill's representation of time in videos is partly informed by his adolescent experiences as a surfer in Southern California: his Learning Curve series invites the viewer to sit at the end of a long table and watch a black-and-white projection of a wave folding and unfolding upon itself. Other themes in Hill's work include meditations on the self-referentiality of the medium and explorations of the connections and conflicts between language and image.

This new volume in PAJ's Art + Performance series is the first critical edition devoted to Hill's work. Edited by Robert C. Morgan, it anthologizes a number of critical essays tracing Hill's reception from the mid-seventies to today, a series of informativeinterviews, as well as a selection of Hill's writings--revealing him as an original and articulate thinker. The book also offers a detailed chronology of Hill's career, a bibliography and videography, and twenty-five photos from his installations. Morgan's introduction traces Hill's emergence as an artist out of the sixties' counter-culture and explores how his work creates dialogues with philosophers as diverse as Heidegger, Blanchot, Derrida, and Marshall McLuhan.

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Easily accessible and useful to anyone interested in the pattern of our cities. —Bloomsbury Review
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These are unique stories, regional at the surface, universal at the core. A Winesburg, Ohio for our time.
Molly Ivins
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Robert Phillips
Blake's stories are beautifully understated yet energetic, his imagination elemental yet nuanced. Drowned Moon reverberates with the rites of nature and rural life. Blake creates a world that will long remain in the reader's memory.
Rosellen Brown
Reticent, closely guarded, and cryptic, Glenn Blake's terse prose partakes of poetry's careful measures. His stories concern rice fields, houses that disappear into the encroaching high water, and the poignantly named Old and Lost Rivers. He has caught with a peculiar mixture of sadness and humor the personality of this rough, modest, and little-known place.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801864018
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/11/2000
Series:
PAJ Books Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.28(d)

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