Ramon’s Tailor is proud to announce its latest show, Slide Carousel, a large-scale installation by artist Robin Hill. Hill will claim the space and blanket the walls with hundreds of graphite rubbings that she has obsessively taken from a singular slide carousel. Meet the artist during the opening reception and be confronted with the repetition and sheer magnitude of her drawings which will be layered to completely encapsulate our small space.
This latest work represents a new foray into drawing and perhaps a natural segue from her sculptural work. Hill has wrapped, folded and pressed paper around the carousel’s contours before rubbing it with graphite. When the paper is peeled off the carousel and flattened, the image is that of a sun with stylized rays, resolving into an outline of points, numbers and graphite haze. The resulting drawing ultimately maintains some dimension and becomes a casting of this iconic three-dimensional object.
The slide carousel is a relic of a previous era where images were sorted by hand, not software. Hill’s fascination with this object has less to do with nostalgia and more to do with its formal inventory of ridges, dots, lines, numbers, spaces and negative spaces which are the true subjects of her exploration.
“I feel that the detritus of the analog world resonates as a kind of ‘goods’, exuding a richness in its dis-use. Choosing to work with the slide carousel was unavoidable,” says Hill. “I think there is beauty in the act of finding new uses for old things.”
About the Artist: Robin Hill’s work is included in collections at the UCLA Hammer Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, the Achenbach Foundation and the Crocker Art Museum. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. She is represented by Lennon-Weinberg, Inc. in New York City. Recent California exhibitions include Snowflake and Kardex, at another year in Los Angeles, Drawing the Line at Don Soker Contemporary Art in San Francisco and Multiplying the Variations at the University Art Gallery, California State University-Stanislaus. More at: robin-hill.net.