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Art Work Medium:
Light Sentences: 7' to 10' in length, unique, glass tubing, argon with mercury.
Installation pieces: size relative to enviroment, unique, glass tubing, argon and sand.
Themes+Projects gallery is pleased to exhibit, “Contained Radiance, San Francisco” by Laddie John Dill. Dill, part of the Light and Space movement, has been crafting light and earthy materials like concrete, glass, sand, and metal into luminous sculptures, wall pieces, and installations since the 1970s. This exhibition contains two site specific installations unique to the San Francisco presentation. In the atrium of the Minnesota Street Project, one encounters an amazing presence of light as Dill’s Light Sentences adorn each of the nine pillars that span the whole space.
Light Sentences will lead to the second installation on the ground level in Gallery Space 106. Amid the open darkness, one encounters mountains of sand, with a multitude of colorful long streaks of light. This marks the first solo exhibition in San Francisco for Dill since the mid 1980s.
After graduating with a BFA from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968, Dill became a printing apprentice and worked closely with established artists like: Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. His work is in the permanent collections of national and international institutions such as Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; High Museum, GA; Chicago Art Institute, IL; Smithsonian, DC; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Pio Monte della Misericordia, Italy; and Museo Jumex, Mexico. Dill currently lives and works in Venice, CA.