Suspension of Disbelief (for Marine) (detail), 1991-92
Collection SFMOMA (Accessions Committee Fund and purchase through a gift of the Agnes E. Meyer and Elise Stern Haas Fund) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
© Gary Hill
How does video mediate our perception of the body? This question is at the core of the work of acclaimed artist Gary Hill, who explores video in both its sculptural and projected forms. Starting with a video framed by a monitor, Hill engages in a complex and often literal deconstruction of the frame, restaging the image within sculptural objects. In Suspension of Disbelief (for Marine) — one of seven works on view and a recent acquisition — 30 rasters (monitors stripped of their casings) are set side by side in an I-beam, a spatial representation of the 30 frames in one second of video. Glimpses of two naked bodies flicker from screen to screen like a musical composition. The state of consciousness implied by the piece's title references another of Hill's preoccupations: illusion as an inherent quality of the mediated world.
Image, Body, Text: Selected Works by Gary Hill is organized by SFMOMA. Support for this exhibition is provided by the James Family Foundation and Helen and Charles Schwab. Additional support is provided by Collectors Forum, an auxiliary of SFMOMA, and the Kadima Foundation.