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Justine Hill
Bookend 3, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas
42 x 31 in/107 x 79 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Bookend 3, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas
42 x 31 in/107 x 79 cm

Justine Hill
Figure, Ground, Background 3, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and marker on canvas
74 x 109 in/188 x 277 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Figure, Ground, Background 3, 2018

Justine Hill
Bookend 6, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and crayon on canvas
39 x 32 in/99 x 81 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Bookend 6, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and crayon on canvas
39 x 32 in/99 x 81 cm

Justine Hill
Backdrop 3, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas
78 x 61 in/198 x 155 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Backdrop 3, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas
78 x 61 in/198 x 155 cm

Justine Hill
Bookend 5, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas
40 x 32 in/102 x 81 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Bookend 5, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas
40 x 32 in/102 x 81 cm

Justine Hill
Bookend 4, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and crayon on canvas
38 x 30 in/97 x 76 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Bookend 4, 2018
Acrylic, pastel and crayon on canvas
38 x 30 in/97 x 76 cm

Justine Hill
Cyclops Set, 2018
Acrylic, pencil and crayon on canvas
39 x 32 in/99 x 81 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Cyclops Set, 2017
Acrylic, pencil and crayon on canvas
39 x 32 in/99 x 81 cm

Justine Hill
Dwarf Set, 2017
Acrylic, pencil and crayon on canvas
39 x 33 in/99 x 83 cm

Justine Hill
Detail of Dwarf Set, 2017
Acrylic, pencil and crayon on canvas
39 x 33 in/99 x 83 cm

Justine Hill
Freestanding, 2018

Justine Hill
Freestanding, 2018

Justine Hill
Freestanding, 2018

Justine Hill
Freestanding, 2018

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Justine Hill

Justine Hill: Freestanding

03.29.2018 - 05.06.2018

Denny Gallery is pleased to announce Freestanding, a solo exhibition by Justine Hill on view from March 29th to May 6th, 2018. This is her second solo exhibition with Denny Gallery following They Just Behave Differently in 2016.

Freestanding shows Hill’s development of the “Cutouts,” a body of work she began in 2015. The Cutouts are paintings on hand-cut wood panels covered with canvas, which hang a few inches off the wall. They often consist of multiple panels, which configured together, make up a singular work. Hill begins her process by designing her shapes. In this phase, she determines how the separate panels will interact with one another and what role they will have within the composition, as some panels now take on the role of an object within the composition, or a ground or background component. She also chooses the scale of the pieces, considering material issues of strength and weight of the panels. She then cuts the panels in her studio and wraps them with canvas. Painting is the second stage, and while reacting to the constraints of the shapes she has created, she has also greatly developed the complexity of mark-making in her paintings and how the composition works across the panels.

Since her first exhibition, Hill has been investigating deeply the formal constraints of her Cutout format. When the painting declared its own object-hood by coming off the wall and acquiring organic shape, the artist felt that it relegated the space around it to a background environment, and that she ceded control of that space and the relationship between her works within it. Hill has since been exploring how the painting could reassert itself in space, reacquire its background, and become “freestanding”. This conceptual progression can be found in works such as the Bookends series and her larger landscape works, which incorporate elements of figure and ground within them.

Hill’s multi-panel compositions no longer function as puzzle pieces, but instead as dazzling exercises in positive and negative space. The painting phase has allowed additional exploration as compositions spread across panels or stop firmly at the borders. Each painting seems bound by an increasingly demanding set of rules from the one prior, as Hill continues to challenge the paintings to live up to the shapes she has created for them.

Justine Hill was born in 1985 in Tarrytown, New York. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from the College of the Holy Cross. Hill’s most recent exhibitions include Movers and Shapers with Ali Silverstein at Victori + Mo in Brooklyn (2018) and a two-person show with Robert Burnier at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver (2018). She has been in critically reviewed group shows such as Metamodern at Denny Gallery (New York) and Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery (New York). Her work has been reviewed or featured in Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, The Observer, The Huffington Post, The Art Newspaper, Artnet, Artsy, Artspace, Arte Fuse, and Two Coats of Paint.

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Events

  • 03.29.18 Opening reception | 6-8 pm |

    Please join us for an opening reception for the artist, Justine Hill, on Thursday, March 29th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Join the event on Facebook.