Committees: Executive Committee, Communications Committee
Special Projects: Director, 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio
Daniel G. Hill was born in 1956 in Providence, R.I. He received an A.B., Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University and an M.F.A. from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y. He lives and works in New York City. He is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the Parsons School of Design and has been the President of American Abstract Artists since 2013. Hill is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in sculpture, installation, painting, photography and digital media. He has exhibited in the U.S. for over 35 years and, more recently, in Europe, Asia and Central America. His work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; MoMA Library Special Collection; New York Public Library; Phillips Collection; Cleveland Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery; US Embassy, Beijing Embassy Annex, US Department of State; Arkansas Art Center; and in several corporate and private collections. He is the recipient of a fellowship in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Currently, my work is at one end of a pendulum swing in the sense that I am now more fixated on the work’s method of construction and its physical presence than I had been in recent years. During the winter of 2014, I began a new line of inquiry in my work, which started as translations of paintings into wire-frame drawings; quite literally drawing with wire. But I have developed mechanical connections to make the drawing unstable. So, instead of being fixed within a rigid and immobile plane, the drawing is flexible, dynamic and three-dimensional. This has lead to more improvisational work that investigates the relationship between gravity and structure. The work has a direct connection to modernism and draws inspiration from the linear work of Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt), the planar work of Lygia Clark and the catenary string models of Antoni Gaudí.
All of the current works use humble materials and processes, which are intrinsic to the resulting forms. But a common aspect of all of my 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.