Featured Artist Sol Hill

Artist Sol Hill presents a collection of large-scale metagraphs that explore inner experiences and our perception of reality. To learn more about his process, visit his website.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“#Art#Love#Beautiful” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 39” x 63”

 

“…all great art is art about art…” These words, by art critic Clement Greenberg, explain that art which relates to the art that precedes it drives the evolution of artistic expression.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“It’s Like A Window Into A Beautiful Emptiness, It Is Very Liberating” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 50” x 50”

 

My project—All Great Art Is About Art—is a series that focuses on people looking at art in museums and international art fairs. It blends a look at the historical art discussion of evolving perception combined with a metagraphic discussion of my work on perception by joining science and technology with spirituality and art.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“This One Has A Kind Of Vibrating Raw Energy” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on board, 48” x 36”

 

I am interested in how our sensory perceptions drive our experience of reality and how our inner experiences modulate what we outwardly experience. In an age of increasing polarizations, I am most interested in the energies that are universal. I am in favor of embracing mystery. I accept that truth and reality are not just beyond our ability to perceive, but are largely beyond the purview of our consciousness. In accepting this we relieve ourselves of the prison of certitude. This offers the freedom to see possibilities for personal discovery and growth.

 

mixed media digital image by Sol Hill

“I Really Resonate With This One” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 30” x 30”

 

I explore these sentiments by manipulating the photographic process to record energies that a digital sensor can see, but we cannot. The resulting archetypal images lose the literal detail of photography. They are replaced with a detailed visual texture that is the record of the energetic thumbprint of the universe we inhabit.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“On The Subject Of The Female Form…” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on board, 36” x 24”

 

This visual texture in my work appears as a complex lyrical effect reminiscent of impressionism.  They are a sort of impression of immaterial energies which weave the fabric of the physical reality we experience, but point toward something greater which is usually experienced only through extra sensory spiritual experiences or scientific instrumentation.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“How Does He Do That?” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 30” x 30”

 

A photograph is a recording of light energy. I do not call my work photographs because I use the camera to record much more than visible light. I utilize that data to render the data of the “false exposure” into highly visible artifacts.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“The Spectral Nature Of This Work Is Very Intriguing” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 72” x 48”

 

The record of light gives a sense of the subject, but the complex and lyrical color and textural overlay is the product of this something more. Therefore, I call my camera generated images Metagraphs, because they are a record of more than visible light. They capture the energies that surrounds us and affects us, but we do not perceive.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“It’s So Much Better In Person” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 50” x 40”

 

We know that material nature is fundamentally energy. The visual texture of these records provides a glimpse into this immaterial truth.

 

mixed media metagraph by Sol Hill

“The Aboriginal Motif Really Draws You In” mixed media metagraph (photography, digital artifacts, Japanese paper and acrylic) on canvas, 50” x 50”

 

I print on Japanese paper and mount the prints to painter boards and canvas prepared with acrylic.  I varnish with numerous layers of UV protective glazing. The print conforms to the texture of the gesso underneath. The texture of manual glazing creates an ambiguity of process that often leads people to think that my medium is painting.

 

Artist Sol Hill working in his studio

Artist Sol Hill working in his studio

 

I embrace this ambiguity because I appreciate the wonder it encourages. As most people relate to my work as paintings, I produce a single large piece from any image to give a nod toward the unique collectible objects that paintings are. I also produce a tight limited-edition series in a smaller scale. This acknowledges that my process stems from an inherently reproducible medium.

 

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  1. Very cool

  2. Really beautiful and haunting work.

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