“Alternative Realities” at Strawn in March

“Alternative Realities” at Strawn in March

By: Kelly M Gross, Director

The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to welcome Jim Hill, photographer March 3-25 to The David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave., Jacksonville. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 6-8 p.m. with “Gallery Talk” by Hill at 6:30 p.m.

Jim Hill, a photographer from Springfield, IL was born in Decatur, IL in 1933. He is a graduate of Millikin University and is a Korean Vet. He became interested in photography in 1971 after viewing the work of Brett Weston at the Friends of Photography Gallery in Carmel, CA.

By 1972 Hill had become an excellent photograph printer and was approached by Wynn Bullock and asked to print professionally for him from 1972 until Bullock’s death in 1975. Hill’s photography style pays tribute to Bullock after Bullock returned to making black and white photographs and continued to expand his vision to create innovative images that reflected his deeply philosophical nature.

Like Bullock, Hill differentiates what he terms “reality”, the visible and the known, from “existence”, the underlying truth of things, and like Bullock, Hill is ceaseless in his attempts to expand his own faculties of perception and understanding so he can come ever closer in his experiences to the essence of things. Although Bullock included several different alternative processes (extremely long-time exposures, multiple images, up-side-down and negative printing) in his repertoire of techniques, each was always used in the service of symbolizing new ways of relating to and knowing the world.

Hill has taught workshop classes for Ansel Adams, U.C. Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College, and numerous private workshops in California. He has led two workshops with Ruth Bernhard of San Francisco in photography of the female form. He has had numerous exhibitions of his work in California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois.

For Hill photography is magic. He says; “It is possible to capture things seen and unseen and do with them whatever. To see a world and remake it as you wish – or not. This is a reality in which I can exist….”.

Hill currently uses infrared film to create many of his images and is currently working in a surrealist manner.

Gallery hours: March 4-25, Sundays 1-3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday 4-6 p.m. The David Strawn Art Gallery is handicapped accessible.

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