Gary Hill, Artist in distribution, USA, 1951
Gary Hill was born in 1951 in Santa Monica, USA. He attended a summer course at the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY, in 1969 and began his career by participating in a series of artist-in-residence programs in New York State. Since gaining recognition outside the United States in the mid-1970's, he has exhibited all over the world and has won several international art awards. His work has been supported by numerous grants, including ones from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. After an initial period of medium-specific experimentation, Hill's body of work evolved into an ongoing deconstruction/reconstruction of ideas and images central to Western culture. These include notions of language and textuality as well as the concept of the body as an intermediary between nature and culture/technology. Like Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Dan Graham and other American artists experimenting with video in the 1970's, processes of activation by which viewers become self-conscious participants in a work are an integral part of Hill's approach.