Saturday, October 27, 2007

Internationally Renowned Multi-Media Artists Hill, Quasha Discuss 'Singular Times' at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Art presents "Singular Times and Other Liminal Realities," a lecture and panel discussion by intramedia artist Gary Hill and artist/poet George Quasha, at Litrenta Lecture Hall on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. The presentation was organized by Washington College Assistant Professor of Art and intermedia artist Monika Weiss.

Gary Hill's seminal and internationally celebrated work in various media -- especially video and installation art (with a broad orientation including cybernetics, electronics, sound, language and image) -- has been exhibited at major museums around the world, including solo exhibitions at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; the Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona; and the Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, among many other distinguished venues.

Hill has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the Leone d'Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1995, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant in 1998, and the Kurt Schwitters Award in 2000.

George Quasha is an artist and poet who works across mediums to explore principles in common within language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation and performance.

Quasha's axial stones and axial drawings have been exhibited at the Baumgartner Gallery in Chelsea, New York, the Sought Foundation in Philadelphia, the Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cape Cod, the ZONE Chelsea Center for the Arts in Chelsea, and recently in a solo exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. They are featured in the recently published book Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, 2006). Last year, Quasha received a Guggenheim Fellowship in film and video.

Quasha also is known for his video-installation work, "Speaking Portraits (in the performative indicative)," in which he has recorded nearly 600 artists, poets and composers in 10 countries and 20 languages describing their views on art. This work has been exhibited at White Box in Chelsea, at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, and in several other countries (France, Poland, Switzerland and India). It was recently featured in five public installations as part of the 2007 Kingston, New York, Sculpture Biennial.

Quasha's numerous written works include books of poetry, anthologies and writings on art. He has a new book on his fellow Washington College co-lecturer Gary Hill forthcoming from Ediciones Poligrafa (Barcelona).

Hill and Quasha have enjoyed a 25-year performance collaboration (video/language/sound) that continues to this day and also often includes frequent collaborator Charles Stein.

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the John S. Toll Science Center. Admission to "Singular Times and Other Liminal Realities" is free and open to the public.

October 27, 2007

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