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Chris Hill photo Exhibition “Under a Freeway”
April 1-May1

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  • Los Angeles – Black Maria Gallery announced that it will exhibit a new series of works by Los Angelesphotographer Chris Hill. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 1, at 7 PM.
    Two years in the making, Hill’s new series, titled “Under a Freeway,” is both a study and an homage to California freeway culture.
  • PRESS RELEASE
  • Los Angeles – Black Maria Gallery announced that it will exhibit a new series of works by Los Angeles photographer Chris Hill. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 1, at 7 PM.

    Two years in the making, Hill’s new series, titled “Under a Freeway,” is both a study and an homage to California freeway culture.

    “The project started spontaneously,” Hill recalled. “Driving one day, I was intrigued by a certain freeway underpass. I pulled over, got my camera out and began shooting. At first I was fascinated by the heft of it all. But then I gradually discovered the minute, even delicate, parts of the whole: the specific textures of concrete, the erasure marks covering graffiti, and the remnants of bills removed from the walls - marks left behind by people and nature that are driven over and through (and therefore likely ignored) in a city inundated with moving vehicles. Taking these photos became a deeply meditative experience for me.”

     

    Hill continued: “I think freeway underpasses represent much more than the connecting dots of an urban environment. They’re markers for an ongoing effort to bring a measure of order to the chaos of modern life. They lay bare particular esthetic or social phenomena, such as covering graffiti, a practice which I consider repressive.”

    Commenting on Hill’s art, painter and Black Maria curator Sam Saga said his first impression of the photos in the “Under a Freeway” series was that they were paintings.

    “It takes close examination before you realize you’re looking at photographs,” Saga explained. “I think Chris’ work is powerful not only because of its documentary attention to detail, but its subtle poetics and the social drama that unfolds through the individual photos and the series as a whole. You’ll know, soon enough, that a wall of concrete on a stretch of freeway underpass is but a portal to the stories teeming behind the facade.”

    “Under a Freeway” will remain open until May 1, 2006.Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 6 PM; Saturday, 7 to 11 PM. For more information, call 818.613.9090.

     
  • ABOUT THE ARTIST
  • ABOUT THE ARTISTAfter graduating from high school, Chris Hill could hardly wait to get out of Oklahoma City, his birthplace. He eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he studied photography at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. His highly personal works, “some spontaneous, some semi-spontaneous, and at times cinematic,” are an evolving quest to capture the unspoken pulse behind a diversity of subjects, including the peculiarities of Los Angeles spaces.

    www.chrishillphoto.com

     


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