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Linguistic Spill ([un]contained)

  • Center on Contemporary Art 114 3rd Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

We are thrilled to present globally renowned artist Gary Hill’s latest improvisation with “old growth” technologies in Linguistic Spill ([un]contained), at our Pioneer Square location from July 26 through September 29.

Gary Hill

Gary Hill

“Spilling” from his current installation in the Boiler Hall at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, Portugal, Hill will create a unique visceral experience of light and sound that envelopes CoCA’s gallery space. Via a pile of video projectors in the darkened gallery space, reverberating electronic sounds are coupled with organic electric light forms—something akin to electronic graffiti. The immersive installation will provide a visceral experience with a conceptual nod to a primal, pre-linguistic space where hieroglyphs are born.

“This immersive project seems to both be and induce synesthesia, if not shock. Hill’s kinetic electric grapheins, together with the strange electronic cacophony used to generate them, are projection mapped throughout interior CoCA spaces, including on viewers who dare inhabit them. Disorienting and aggressive, it is not for the faint-hearted. Hill saturates space and senses beyond any semblance of comfort, orientation or control. If he has his way, visitors will see with their ears; hear with their eyes.” Joseph C. Roberts, Curator, CoCA

Hill’s art works can be found in major art institutions worldwide, through both commissioned projects and solo shows. Solo exhibitions include the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; and Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona. Commissioned projects include The Science Museum in London, the Seattle Public Library, and an installation and performance work for the Coliseum and Temple of Venus and Rome in Italy, among many others.  

Receptions will be held Thursday, August 2, 6-9pm, and on September 6, 6-9pm as part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Hill, and curator Joseph Roberts, will be in attendance during the August 2nd reception.

Calendar of Events

Exhibition: July 26 through September 29, 2018
Opening Reception: August 2, 6-9pm; artist & curator in attendance
Pioneer Square Art Walk: September 6, 6-9pm
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday, 11am – 6pm