New York

John Hilliard

Bess Cutler Gallery

John Hilliard’s images are evocative, sometimes enigmatic, and frequently suggestive, in the sense of the gamut of meanings that may be culled from their sexual root, ranging from the sensual and erotic to the overtly sexist. During the ’70s, the subject of his investigations was the structural analysis of photography by means of images, a project he shared with many others. In his work, Hilliard exploits the language of photography, self-consciously manipulating and distending its technical and structural characteristics to extend and complicate the metaphoric narratives that he relates.

Hilliard’s images often seem enveloped in an atmospheric haze that lends them a romantic atmosphere. It is produced when the high-resolution photographs he takes are softened and generalized after being translated into a pixellated system by computer and then transferred by means of computer-controlled

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