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As exclusive representative of American artist Gary Hill, the Donald Young Gallery is pleased to announce this exhibition of new works and the first exhibition presented by the artist in Chicago since 1995.

Recognized internationally as one of the most important artists of his generation, Hill has been working with video and sound since 1973. His intermedia use of text, speech and image explore the physicality of language and our thought processes. Hill creates complex installations which often solicit the viewerís active involvement to the point of "completing" the works themselves. Included in the works presented at the Donald Young Gallery will be Cabin Fever, a mixed media installation using the extremes of light and darkness delivered by spoken exchanges between the self and possible "other." The work continues his ongoing involvement with the writings of Maurice Blanchot. Hill will also present two new works, one, entitled Rorrim Room Mirror, consists of motorized projectors which scan the space at various speeds, directions and positions while projecting moving images. The movement of the projected images cancels out the scanning motion of the video camera used to record the imagery, giving the illusion that the projection is revealing the image on the walls of the space, images that are perhaps traces from some misplaced memory.

The other new work, entitled Remembering Paralinguay, carries further the themes of viewing experienced in Tall Ships, Facing Faces and HanD HearD. A single protagonist (the artist Paulina Wallenberg-Olsson) emerges from a single point and over an extended period of time fills the room with her face, at the same time emitting "calls" before returning to the original position.

Gary Hill has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the prestigious Leone díOro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 1998. His work has been included in six Whitney Biennial exhibitions since 1983 and in Documenta IX where one of his most ambitious works, Tall Ships, was premiered. His video, sound and performance work has been presented at museums and institutions throughout the world and will be the focus of an important survey in 2001 which is being organized by the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, and will travel to the Reina Sofia in Madrid and other venues in Europe and America.


Gary Hill