Gary Hill
- recent works
September 5th - October 10th, 1998

            Centre for Contemporary Images

For the third time at Saint-Gervais Geneva, the Centre for Contemporary Image dedicates an exhibition to theAmerican artist Gary Hill. His recent installations refer to blindness effects, specially by using stroboscopes which violently and briefly illuminate dark video projections of great dimensions (as Midnight Crossing, 1997 or reflex Chamber, 1996).

Gary Hill, Hand Heard, 1995,96
Courtesy Galerie des Archives, Paris

The very technical disposal of such installations, using projectors, reflecting screens, stroboscopes, as well as diverse resonant sources monitored by computer, create specific conditions to the appearance/disappearance of images.
Being concerned for a long time with language and its articulation modalities, mainly influenced by literature and European philosophy (Blanchot, Derrida, Heidegger), Gary Hill is today pursuing his search of physical conditions of perception over the apparition of image as a revelation. Playing with oppositions between haziness and clearness, darkness and dazzle, the technical speed and the slowness of the retinal adaptation, he establishes marks for a dialectic achieved within dazzling paroxysm (strobes), when all senses shiver into delight.

Already in 1987, and for the very first time in Europe, the Centre for Contemporary Image within the context of the International Video Week (SIV) and Biennial of the Moving Image, presented an exhaustive retrospective of the videotapes, as well as an installation of Gary Hill. Again in 1992, the Centre for Contemporary Image dedicated an exhibition to Gary Hill, displaying a series of installations ‘And sat down beside her’. The Autumn 1998 exhibition takes hereby place within a long time collaboration.

Moreover, the Centre for Contemporary Image’s Media library (films, videos and artists’ CD-ROM’s: 800 titles) comprise the entire video tapes directed by Gary Hill. The Media library’s collection is accessible on the web site of The Centre for Contemporary Image.

Born in 1951, Gary Hill lives and works in Seattle. He has realised many video tapes and installations since the 70’s, and was among the first video artists to be widely recognized in the field of contemporary art.

Solo exhibitions (select)
1998 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Québec, Canada
Fundaçao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle, USA

1997 Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro et Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paolo, Brasil
Museum of Art, University of California, San Diego, USA
Ujadowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Varsovie, Poland

1996 Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphie, USA
Galerie des Archives, Paris, France
Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle des Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, Italy
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle, USA
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
White Cube, Londres, Great Britain

1995 Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, travelled to six other locations in Scandinavia
Fundacio “La Caixa”, Barcelone, Spain

1994/95 The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA (travelled to five other locations in the USA)
Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon, France

1993 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, USA

1992/93 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (travelled to three other locations in Spain, Holland and Austria)
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Le Creux de l’enfer, Centre d’art contemporain, Thiers, France
Watari Museum of Contemporary Image, Tokyo, Japan

1990 Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1989 Kijkhuis, La Haye, Netherlands

1988 Video Wochen, Bâle, Switzerland

1987 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

1986 Whitney mUseum of American Art, New York, USA

1985 Scan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Texts by Gary Hill

“The Electronic Gallery”, The New York Times Magazine (Special Technology Issue), Sept. 28, 1997

“Entre 1 & 0”, in Gary Hill, exhibition catalogue at Centre Georges Pompidou, 1992. English and Spanish translation in exhibition catalogue of the same name at IVAM in Valencia (Spain), 1993, German and Dutch translation in exhibition catalogue of the same mane at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Netherlands), and Kunsthalle Vienna (Austria), 1993.


DEVRIENDT Christine, L’oeuvre vidéo de Gary Hill, (French and English), Université de Rennes II, 1990-91
GILBERT Christophe, Maurice Blanchot/Gary Hill: d’une Ecriture l’Autre (et son Double), mémoire DEA, Université Paris III, 1992
SARRAZIN Stephen, Gary Hill, coll. Chimaera No. 10, éd. Centre International de Création Vidéo Montbéliard, Belfort, 1992

Articles, reviews and catalogues (recent)

TOUGAS Colette, “Gary Hill”, in Parachute No. 90, Avril-Mai-Juin 1998
GAUVILLE Hervé, “Gary Hill, le maître du temps”, in Libération, 14 & 15 février 1998
BELISLE Josée, Gary Hill, catalogue, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 1998
STIMSON Blake, Water: the Renewable Metaphor, University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene OR, 1997
HURZELER Catherine, “Kann man auf abstrakte Weise surfen? Ein Gespräch mit dem Videokünstler Gary Hill”, in Kunstbulletin, septembre 1997
LESTOCART Louis-José, “Gary Hill: Surfer sur le médium /Surfing the Medium”, in Art-press, février 1996