In recent years, I have been fixated on the work’s method of construction and its physical presence. During the winter of 2014, I began a new line of inquiry, which started as translations of paintings into wire-frame drawings; quite literally drawing with wire. But I have developed mechanical connections to make the drawing unstable. So, instead of being fixed within a rigid and immobile plane, the drawing is flexible, dynamic and three-dimensional. This has lead to more improvisational work that investigates the relationship between gravity and structure. The work has a direct connection to modernism and draws inspiration from the linear work of Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt), the planar work of Lygia Clark and the catenary string models of Antoni Gaudí.

All of the current works use humble materials and economic processes, which are intrinsic to the resulting forms. But a common aspect of all of my work is the tendency to give rise to the questions, “What am I looking at, how do I relate to it and how do I understand it?” Such self-reflexive viewing is my goal, as an artist’s role is to remind us of our capacity to wonder.

—Daniel G. Hill, March 2016

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