Chosen Family: David Hilliard
On view: May 11-July 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 5:30pm-8pm
Artist Talk at 6pm
For years David Hilliard has been actively documenting his life and the lives of those around him, recording events and attempting to create order in a sometimes chaotic world. While his photographs focus on the personal, the familiar and the simply ordinary, the work strikes a balance between autobiography and fiction. Within the photographs, physical distance is often manipulated to represent emotional distance. The casual glances people share can take on a deeper significance, and what initially appears subjective and intimate is quite often a commentary on the larger contours of life.
For Hilliard, the construction of panoramic photographs, comprised of various single images, acts as a visual language. Focal planes shift, panel by panel. This sequencing of photographs and shifting of focal planes allows him the luxury of guiding the viewer across the photograph, directing their eye; an effect which could not be achieved through a single image.
Hillard continually aspires to represent the spaces we inhabit, relationships we create, and the objects with which we surround ourselves. I hope the messages the photographs deliver speak to the personal as well as the universal experience. Hilliard finds the enduring power and the sheer ability of a photograph to express a thought, a moment, or an idea, to be the most powerful expression of himself, both as an artist, and as an individual.
Environmental Portraiture & The Art of Storytelling: Master Class with David Hilliard