Contained Radiance L.A.
Nye + Brown is pleased to present an exhibition of new and vintage works by
Laddie John Dill. Dill was an integral figure in Southern California's "Light and
Space" movement, along with such artists as Peter Alexander, Robert Irwin,
Craig Kauffman, and James Turrell.
The work in Laddie John Dill’s exhibition “Contained Radiance LA” traverses
the full spectrum, both in scale and color. The large gallery, roughly 35’ x 40’,
will house one large installation of light and sand. Bisected by two wall to wall
corridors, this installation will be the first time that viewers will be able to
immerse themselves in the center of his work, while four massive avalanches of
sand flow toward the center, threatening to consume the viewer in radiating
color and crystals of sand.
In the small gallery, Dill has created miniatures of his sand and light
installations set upon customized tabletops. Three of the works feature the
pristine geometry of glass protruding from what appears to be molten
landslides frozen in time. These gems are encircled by alternating cement and
glass columns and handblown rods of striping color, wagon trains, protectors of
and objects of beauty in the Wild West of Culver City.
Dill began working with non-traditional art materials such as glass, neon light,
and argon in the late 60s to early 70s. Intrigued by how different materials
carried or reflected light, Dill tested the luminosity of said materials by
creating "sites," such as Untitled (1969)—a large installation that was recently
acquired by the Museum of Modern Art—which consisted of placing sand over
neon tubing and protruding glass. Dill found that sand was a perfect receptacle
to illuminate with neon. In Dill's own words, the reflected light will "give the
illusion of piercing through a solid object."
Laddie John Dill received his BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1968.
Recently, Dill’s work has been included in Neon, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow
and Blue, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Best Kept Secret, Laguna Art
Museum, Lagunga Beach, CA; and Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles
1950-1980, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany. He is the recipient of two
National Endowment Grants, one for painting and one for sculpture. He has
also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Grant.