BLAIR SAXON HILL | As If Without Us We Could Be We

BLAIR SAXON-HILL | AS IF WITHOUT US WE COULD BE WE
DECEMBER 1, 2018 – JANUARY 5, 2019

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Nino Mier Gallery
1107 Greenacre Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLAIR SAXON-HILL
As If Without Us We Could Be We
December 1, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Nino Mier Gallery is thrilled to announce our first solo exhibition of new works by Portland-based artist Blair Saxon-Hill. The artist presents a series of figurative sculptures and wall works assembled, arranged and sometimes fully realized in the gallery by the artist. The installation as a whole, resembles a haptic take on today’s emotive landscape including those walking in the caravan, astonished by our everyday, in love, enraged and peering towards the outside world. The works are rich in texture and made with humble, found materials including towels, driftwood, vintage textiles, pantyhose, safety glasses, and twine along with more traditional studio materials including plaster, wood, and cement. The works progress art historical histories such as Arte Povera and COBRA along with the rich international and west coast history of assemblage. In this exhibition, Saxon-Hill evokes a sensorium of memory, documentation, and perception drawn from everyday occurrences outside of the constant stream of information and data to form what she calls “impossible documents”. These works uphold and celebrate the worn, mended, improvised, weathered as a platform for conversation on humanity.

There are two homeless shelters a block away from the studio. I never know what of ingenuity and unexpected manipulation of material I will encounter as a result of necessity and desire. It is here that I’ve been eye-to-eye with the pigeons and crows for twelve years, this January. I am most familiar with the tides and constants of this pedestrian area. My seashells, my studio moons, are often the detritus found nearby around the railroad tracks and homeless camps. You might look across the street to the giant cranes clawing at the bedrock making those adorned in hi-vis clothing into miners. However, there is a challenge of vision. There is a challenge of the knowing. What is it that sustains these people in this pervasive global sadness? I want to know about that in the studio. I witness so much suffering being endured alone. For now, I gather dross alongside these new and old friends and consider what holds us to each day as we continue to challenge being led farther from one another.

-Blair Saxon-Hill

In 2016, Blair Saxon-Hill was awarded fellowships from both the Oregon Arts Commission and the Hallie Ford Foundation. Saxon-Hill has exhibited at the 500 Meter Museum in Sapporo, Japan, Venus Over Los Angeles and Artist Curated Projects. Additionally, her 2017 solo exhibition at JOAN in Los Angeles received both an Art Forum Critic’s Pick and the LA Weekly’s Critic’s Pick.

Saxon-Hill is currently working on a new book called Condition Report to be published by Chicago-based Sobers Cove Press.

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In The Ring, 2018, Speed bag, metal lamp head, brass coffee scoop, driftwood, tan leather and brown panty hose, hydrocal, hi-vis vest, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, wood, ceramic, nails, strap, acrylic spray paint on leather, 43 x 36 x 17 1/2 in (109.2 x 91.4 x 44.5 cm), BSH18.048
Shoulder Me Stick, 2018, Dunsmuir knob, Caldera wood, LA latex rubber form, 52 x 6 1/2 x 5 in (132.1 x 16.5 x 12.7 cm), BSH18.033
On Deck, 2018, LA metal, wash cloth, tin can, railing element, wood, rain jacket, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, foam, 84 x 48 x 8 in (213.4 x 121.9 x 20.3 cm), BSH18.045
Time’s Eye, 2018, Construction materials including embedded hi-vis clothing, hydrocal, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, foam, metal, 34 1/2 x 16 x 8 in (87.6 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm), BSH18.032
One If By Land (Ashes), 2018, Wood, foam, cement, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, 17 x 9 x 6 in (43.2 x 22.9 x 15.2 cm), BSH18.035
Each of Us, Briefly Gorgeous, 2018, Wood, pigmented hydrocal, cement, wire, 46 x 18 1/2 x 28 in (116.8 x 47 x 71.1 cm), BSH18.036
Cecil, 2018, Grandpa’s gold rimmed safety glasses, gold things, pin, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, metal file with handle, artist’s robe, 61 x 12 x 4 in (154.9 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm), BSH18.037
Wholly Is Half Manner, 2018, Wood, ribbon, basket, paper clay, cement, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, antique architectural support, glove, chewed straw, charcoal, badminton, 48 x 36 x 9 1/2 in (121.9 x 91.4 x 24.1 cm),  BSH18.038
Red of Two Mouths, 2018 Hydrocal, cement, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, wood, hair pin, metal shard Wood, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, twine Hydrocal, cement, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, wood, hair pin, plastic shard, 24 1/2 x 33 x 7 in 62.2 x 83.8 x 17.8 cm (BSH18.039)
Are You Asleep? Poem of Force, 2018, Canvas, fiber reinforced plaster, stage paint, gouache, stick, ceramic, wood, metal, 90’s purse shard, leather strap, plastic, burlap, polystyrene pad, early 20th c. brass plate, tin can, handle, button, lichen, 37 x 25 x 8 in (94 x 63.5 x 20.3 cm), BSH18.041
Bears and Beckons, 2018, Wood, reversed handy work, mesh bag, incomplete embroidery, gouache, cement, fiber reinforced plaster, found plastic strapping Wood, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, cement, found plastic shard, lava glaze bead, basket shard, 67 x 53 x 10 in (170.2 x 134.6 x 25.4 cm), BSH18.042
Marrow of Melt, 2018, Sardine can, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, wood, pantyhose, rubber plumbing part on painted wicker spiral weave coaster, metal tacks, 91 x 16 x 4 in (231.1 x 40.6 x 10.2 cm), BSH18.043
We Carry to The Sun, 2018, Bass drum head, wood, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, foam, purse, bristled brushes, 26 x 19 x 9 in (66 x 48.3 x 22.9 cm), BSH18.044)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Holding Eva’s Spectres, 2018, Towel, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, wood, metal tacks, 30 x 18 x 3 1/2 in (76.2 x 45.7 x 8.9 cm), BSH18.046)
Low, Sweet Chariot, 2018, Cement, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, wood, foam, basket, 28 x 27 x 3 1/2 in (71.1 x 68.6 x 8.9 cm), BSH18.047
Half Mast, 2018, Wood, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, cement, pigment, foam, plastic shard, rubber grommet, metal tack, surface dyed chiffon, tulle, hose, plastic tubing, ballet slipper, inside out pants, handwoven textile, kazoo, 60 x 33 x 6 in (152.4 x 83.8 x 15.2 cm), BSH18.049
With All That Is Near, 2018, Wood, found paint strainer, foam, fiber reinforced plaster, cement, cloth, foam, metal, gouache, pigment, 69 x 23 x 16 in (175.3 x 58.4 x 40.6 cm), BSH18.050
Another Eye, 2018, Wood, foam, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, cement, pigment, shell, handwoven textile, hidden red wig, fireplace cleaning bristles, rail plastic tongue eye, bluing, wicker handle, 65 x 23 x 4 in (165.1 x 58.4 x 10.2 cm), BSH18.051
Mending Attention, 2018, Basket, paper clay, paper mache, burlap, leather, fiber reinforced plaster, foam, gouache, branch Embroidery, gouache, buttons, yarn, wood, fiber reinforced plaster, pompom, 32 x 33 x 12 in (81.3 x 83.8 x 30.5 cm), BSH18.052
LoveDipDeathDance, 2018, Table top, wood, hydrocal, fiber reinforced plaster, cement, cloth, handrail, driftwood, gouache, pigment, 52 x 59 x 22 in (132.1 x 149.9 x 55.9 cm), BSH18.053
All The Oceans Came, 2018, Metal, fiber reinforced plaster, cement, wire, found strapping, paper wrapped wire, gouache, 55 x 18 x 7 in (139.7 x 45.7 x 17.8 cm), BSH18.054
Garden Tomatoes, 2018, Wood, foam, cement, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, 17 x 9 x 8 in (43.2 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm), BSH18.055
Lavender Snow, 2018, Wood, foam, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, 12 x 7 x 8 in (30.5 x 17.8 x 20.3 cm), BSH18.056
Travertine, 2018, Wood, foam, cement, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, 19 x 9 x 8 in (48.3 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm), BSH18.057
Trickling Hour, 2018, Wood, foam, cement, gouache, fiber reinforced plaster, 15 x 8 x 4 in (38.1 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm), BSH18.058
Today (Boli Object), 2018, Wood, hydrocal, mesh, foam, fiber reinforced plaster, gouache, 34 x 62 x 36 in (86.4 x 157.5 x 91.4 cm), BSH18.059