Cultural Exchange | Residency in Dresden

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) has posted both artist exchange catalogs of all 44 Dresden and Columbus artists who participated in the program. Nicholas is a past participant.

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Excerpt from an essay by Susanne Altmann, German art historian and critic from the "Artists Exchange Free State of Saxony – Columbus, Ohio" catalogue:

Nicholas Hill compares the print process with an act of magic. The element of surprise that occurs when the paper is lifted never gets old... The gradual approach determines the search for a final solution to the print. Nicholas Hill's experimental approximation to a place is similar to the futile attempts of an artist working in print to conceive of nature (or even reality) as a pre-engraved printing plate from which a print need only be produced. He does not capitulate before this impossible task, but collects the visual evidence and haptic fragments of the outer world in order to print them, after careful digesting, like a stamp onto paper and is the first to be astounded when the paper is lifted and the image appears.

Excerpt from an essay by Margo A. Crutchfield, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art- Cleveland in the catalogue "Here and Beyond: The Ohio Art League's 100th Anniversary Exhibition":

Referring to Nicholas Hill's cyanotype series "Kyoto Calligraphy Lessons"

With imagery inspired by a calligraphy lesson book he found in a used bookstore in Kyoto, the results are multi-layered and complex. They are about writing, about language, about the power of line, about symbols, about what's revealed and what's concealed. They are also about movement, and about chance. In his 1988 New River Watercolor series, John Cage created works of art subject to the flow of water and hence chance, for he believed from Zen Buddhism that to truly experience the world one had to free the mind and the self from control by the ego. Chance in art was, for Cage, a way to free one from preconceived expectations and venture into new and unexplored territory.

Ultimately, it is impossible to ascribe this or other meanings to Hill's cryptic works. In the end, they remain abstract but intensely lyrical works of art.