Sol Hill

Sol Hill

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

About Sol Hill

Sol Hill’s camera-based artwork is a form of technological mysticism, capturing images from the world, but showing us an alternate vision, full of errant visual incidents and covert meanings. The artist allows both reality and his intuitive intentions to reveal themselves with an unexpected poignancy. His process is both technological and poetic, showing the limits of the visible and the possibilities of seeing beyond it.

Hill refers to his digitally captured photographs as “Metagraphs” because he employs digital sensors to record energies both visible and invisible to the human eye. He permits a variety of digital noise – extraneous energy in the form of electromagnetic energies, heat, and cosmic rays – to affect the image. Purist traditionalists might consider this technique a “false exposure”. However,
the process he employs alters recognizable forms, producing a kind of meta-vision and revealing aspects of reality that we do not normally see. In this way he expands his vision and gives the viewer a look into a vast mysterious zone beyond our limited perception. These complex but meditative images, connected by components of science and spirituality are immersed in a palpable sense of time, absorbing viewers in a rewarding experience. Hill’s “Metagraphic” works are a fusion of science, technology, spirituality and art, tangibly presenting an a visual thumbprint of the energetic nature of the universe in extraordinarily beautiful images.

Cinematic and painterly, Hill’s dream-like digital images, have a presence that holds the viewer in a mesmerizing, momentary gaze. This unusual visual sensation is partly the result of his meta-visual digital capture process, then enhanced by an exceptionally skillful application of traditional presentation and archival methods. The counter-point of tradition and ambiguity results in a stunning image. Particularly, his figurative images imply a kind of passage across states of human existence. Anonymity in a variety of dramatic settings, is transfigured by both light and unknown energies. Individual identities subsumed in a field of scintillating particles. In all of Hill’s works, the viewer gets a glimpse of an existential, ephemeral world. There’s a life brilliantly present but mysteriously immersed in time beyond ordinary reality.

Education

Brooks Institute
MFA

Lewis & Clark College
BA - International Affairs, German Studies (double major)

Events

NY Art Expo, 2018
Art San Diego, 2018
LA Art Show, 2018
Palm Springs Contemporary, 2018
SOFA Chicago 2012
Photo LA 2012

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2020
Urban Canyons, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2019
Metagraphs: Finding Signal from Noise, The Museum Of Arts & Science, Macon, GA
Inner Sublime, The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden, AL
All Great Art Is Art About Art, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Mysteries, Synergy Capital, Montecito, CA
2018
Metagraphs: The Best Art Ever! & All Great Art Is Art About Art - New York Art Expo, New York, NY
Metagraphs: All Great Art Is Art About Art - Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
2017
Metagraphs - Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY
2016
Signal from Noise - Anacostia Art Center - Washington DC
Urban Noise - Artist Corner Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
Liquid Noise - Alchemy - Santa Barbara, CA
2014
Suspicious Privacy - Wynwood Warehouse Art Project (pilot) - Wynwood, Miami, Fl
2013
Token Feminine, Calumet Gallery - Hollywood, Los Angeles CA
2012
Token Feminine, Tool Room Gallery - Ventura CA
2011
Everything is Prelude: Solo Exhibition & Collaboration with Dance Theater Production, Theater D, Santa Ynez, CA

Select Group exhibitions
2013
Words on the Printed Page • Gallery 825 • Los Angeles, CA
Art without Limits - Coming Out • Anyi Gallery • Santa Barbara, CA
2012
Urban Landscapes - curated by Julia Dolan - The Center for Fine Art Photography - Fort Collins, CO
Then and Now - Hill’s Gallery ReMix - Santa Fe, NM
Altered - Open Shutter Gallery - Durango, CO
Figure Fragments - curated by Priscilla Bender-Shore, Channing Peake Gallery - Santa Barbara, CA
One Night Stand - by invitation, Gallery 27 - Santa Barbara, CA
PhotoBasis - by invitation from Verne Stanford, Mill Fine Art Gallery - Santa Fe, NM
WPGA Biennial International Exhibition, The Palais de Glace, - Buenos Aires, Chile
2011
Multiple Exposures, one of a kind photographs- by invitation from Christa Dix, Wall Space Gallery - Santa Barbara, CA
After 8 -by invitation, Valade Gallery at Adrian College - Adrian, MI
Dimension XXXIX - Juried by Ana Montoya, Art Center of Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi, TX
Energy - juried by Howard N. Fox, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art - Santa Ana, CA
Whose Self Portrait: The Subject Behind the Camera, Joy Wai Gallery - New York, NY