The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica is presenting an exhibition of works by Los Angeles artist Guy Dill through Dec. 31 in association with Pacific Standard Time, an initiative of the Getty Research Institute
The exhibit, A 1970s Dialogue with Materials, will feature works on loan from Southern California institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Orange County Museum of Art.
These major works illustrate Dill’s approach to materials as they relate to both engineering and composition, and demonstrate the artist’s individual trajectory apart from the “Finish Fetish” and “Light and Space” movements that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a gallery spokesperson said.
While the “Finish Fetish” artists were using synthetic materials such as resin, fiberglass and plastics, Dill chose to work with raw, natural materials, highlighting their inherent structural and aesthetic qualities.
He preserved elements in their original state, ensuring that each piece could be broken down into re-usable parts that might be rearranged and rebuilt with a new identity.
The 1970 piece Untitled shows the artist’s use of raw blocks of wood and sections of rope to create a post tensioned work that is both revealing and refined, the gallery spokesperson notes.