Cutting Corners Creates More Sides, 2012
Two HD Video projectors, 3840 x 2160 media file, mac mini computer, graphics expansion module, multi-channel audio interface, three stereo amplifiers, assorted loudspeakers, aluminum table construction with six wheels (20’ x 41/2’ x 28”), two screens (4 ½’ x 8’ x 1 ½”), black duvetyne, assorted cables.
Edition of two and one artist’s proof
A spoken text …rummages through piles of surplus; boxed accouterments and that unaccounted for miscellanea… and the uneasiness of language itself as it grapples with the whereabouts of the necessary words. The narrative debris morphs through manifolds of optical glass with each utterance marking points along the way. On a long, black tableaux two cameras with little or no depth of field, sentence by sentence cut through a mysterious world of a seemingly inconsequential lineup of objects, tools, parts, bits and the unidentifiable forgotten --whatever might have been close at hand becomes enfolded in a richly colored crystalline doppelgänger image. For each sentence and “drilling” through the objects, the cameras’ parallaxes have been adjusted for a different cross section—the point where momentarily a continuous horizontal view is possible only to then quickly deconstruct as quickly as it formed. The object/installation itself is a self-contained self-reflexive mobile surface complete with positional projectors and screens and a narrow black “runway” of sorts reflecting the initial process of recording. Supplanting the original sets of storied objects a haphazard line of raw speakers map the voice, tracking the bits of speech as they momentarily arrest points of focus pinpointing a sequence of cross sections in the strange world of objects—a world that spurred a meandering narrative simultaneously referencing perceptual processes and language cul-de-sacs.
"Cutting Corners Creates More Sides," In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, September 12 – October 20, 2012
"Always Rings Twice," WEST, Den Haag, The Netherlands, February 16 – May 13, 2018"On the Outskirts," bitforms gallery, New York, May 17 – June 29, 2019 "Gary Hill: Momentombs," Suwon Art Museum, Suwon, Korea, November 26, 2019 – March 6, 2020
Ihler-Meyer, Sarah. "Gary Hill: Cutting Corners Creates More Sides," Art-Press (December 2012, Issue 395, p36)
Salmeron, François. "Gary Hill: Cutting Corners Creates More Sides," Paris Art.