Gary Hill – 2014 SVC Distinguished Media Artist Awardee

2014 Programming & Events, Saturday

gary-hillSaturday April 12, 6-7pm
All ticket holders

Plus explore his installation, Depth Charge, on display during Fair hours.

The 2014 SVC Distinguished Media Artist Award recognizes an individual who has sustained a long and important career within the realm of new media as well as honor those who have contributed greatly to its growth and recognition. Mr. Hill is the inaugural recipient of this award.

Gary Hill, 63, has worked with a broad range of media – including sculpture, sound, video, installation and performance– since the early 1970’s. He is generally recognized not only as an important pioneer of the new media genre, but as an artist, continually challenges and interrogates a wide range of subjects, from the limits our our perception to the use of language in culture; from place of technology in our lives to the meaning of art-making itself.

His longtime 40 years of work with intermedia continues to explore an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity.

Exhibitions of his work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide, including solo exhibitions at 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; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, among others.

Commissioned projects include works for the Science Museum in London and the Seattle Central Public Library in Seattle, Washington, and an installation and performance work for the Coliseum and Temple of Venus and Rome in Italy.

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, most notably the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1995), a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award (1998), the Kurt-Schwitters-Preis (2000), and honorary doctorates from The Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland (2005).

Discover Mr Hill’s Digital Installation

“Depth Charge” (2009/2012), the newest work by Hill, is simultaneously dreamier and more exposed. While a ghostly blue guitarist on the gallery wall (Bill Frisell, distorted to the point of being liquid in appearance) serenades an abstract figure nearby — Hill himself, in a drastically altered state, describes what he’s experiencing to his wife, who gently guides him through his “trip.” This installation is curated by Paul Young.


“Depth Charge” (2009/2012) by Gary Hill

Additional credits include for “Depth of Charge” include:

  • Edgard Varèse, music composition, Un Grand Sommeil Noir, 1906
  • Bill Frisell, solo electric guitar interpretation
  • Magdalena Hill, iPhone camera and interlocutor