The Painting Center is pleased to present From Paint to Print, a concise survey of work from the past fifteen years by Daniel G. Hill, a painter currently working in the realm of photography and digital media.
Hill’s digital prints use photography, painting and printmaking to investigate surface and light and their role in the formation of images. The work is a meditation on the nature and meaning of the digital print in the context of the perplexing network of abstraction, illusion and representation. Subjects range from architectural façades to Hill’s own paintings and etching plates in work that causes viewers to question their relationship to and understanding of surfaces both physical and depicted. Artist, curator and writer, Matthew Deleget has described Hill as being “on the leading edge of a group of contemporary artists who are working with new abstraction, issues of painting, and pushing those in really compelling and interesting new directions, particularly through the filter and through the lens of photography and digital media.”1
Regarding his work, Hill has stated,
I work across the areas of painting, photography and digital media. As a personally
constructed system of signs, painting is inherently abstract while photography, an
indexical sign left by a trace of light across a film plane, is unavoidably representational.
Though such a clear distinction can be made between these mediums, the corresponding
realms of representation and abstraction are far from being mutually exclusive. Most
attempts to form a clear and definitive separation are fiercely partisan.
A common aspect of all of this work is the tendency to give rise to the questions, “What
am I looking at, how do I relate to it and how do I understand it?” Such self-reflexive
viewing is my goal, as an artist’s role is to remind us of our capacity to wonder.
Daniel Hill has been exhibiting in New York City and the northeast for over 30 years. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is held in the collection of the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, AR and in several corporate and private collections. He has been the recipient of a fellowship in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts and two project studio residencies at Painting Space 122 here in New York. He is a member of American Abstract Artists and is an Assistant Professor at Parsons The New School for Design.