Using materials such as beet juice, crushed blackberries, fabric dye, bleach, and oil paint on unprimed canvas, Patrick Hill creates ephemeral-seeming paintings and sculptures in his first New York solo show, “Forming” at Bortolami-Dayan in Chelsea. Hill sets up a range of juxtapositions in his works–the organic and synthetic, traditional and non-traditional, decaying and enduring, to create an oddly harmonious and symbiotic environment in which these materials intersect and rely on each other. As Hill explains, his work is about “personal as well as universal human concerns of life and death, fate and chance, tension and balance‚Ä¶and out of degeneration and rebirth come the materialization of form.” Hill especially plays with the notions of permanence and impermanence in this exhibition. An unpredictable and whimsical mobile brings together components such as glass, concrete, steel and fabric, taking cues in structure and materiality from artists like Alexander Calder, Lee Bontecou, and Richard Serra. The use of unprimed canvas calls to mind the work of Helen Frankenthaller and Robert Morris, and Hill’s process of layering fabric and allowing substances to soak into the canvas allows for the ability to see both the evidence of residue and the active process of decay.
Patrick Hill was born in Michigan and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had solo exhibitions with David Kordansky in LA, the Reliance in London and Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago. Group exhibitions include: Ishtar, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis and the upcoming show “Imagine Los Angeles,” Spruth Magers Munich Projekte, Munich, Germany.