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EJ Hill, A Commemoration, 2018, neon, 47 × 93".

EJ Hill, A Commemoration, 2018, neon, 47 × 93".

EJ Hill


EJ Hill, A Commemoration, 2018, neon, 47 × 93".

A white neon sign announced the subjects of EJ Hill’s “An Unwavering Tendency Toward the Center of a Blistering Sun”: HERE STOOD HE, / STOICALLY AND VALIANTLY, / FOR THOSE WHOSE BURDENS LIE / DARKLY / IN EVEN THE HIGHEST OF NOONS. / JUNE 3 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018. Given that the sign was rendered in capital letters, a viewer might have first thought that “he” referred to the almighty “Him.” The dates also suggested that this could have been culled from a eulogy. Both references are useful, as those days bracketed Hill’s performance at the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2018” this past summer, for which the artist stood, during open hours, on a three-level award ceremony podium, in the position of gold medalist—literally honoring himself for running laps around every school he has ever attended, the number of circuits determined by the number of years he had spent at a given

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