It is our pleasure to announce that William Hill Gallery has been awarded the South East Chicago Commission – University of Chicago 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant for the design and installation of a botanical garden in the Woodlawn- Hyde Park community.
Located in the Woodlawn-Hyde Park community of Chicago, the William Hill Gallery exhibits the work of distinguished visual artists who are devoted to the critical investigation of nature, culture, race, gender and the postcolonial imagination. With an emphasis on painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation art, these artists highlight postmodern strategies, which challenge traditional modes of representation. William Hill Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition, scholarship and acquisition of 21st century contemporary art.
THE PEOPLE WHO HOLD UP THE SKY
MAY 15, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM
JUNE 12, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM
An obsession with line, color, light, and the quiet simplicity of their subtleties is what drives Bresemann's work. Bresemann is searching for the perfect surface and mark to accomplish it. Layering colors and marks to emerge as a living thing.
The Doll Project is a series of conceptual digital photographs that uses fashion dolls to embody the negative messages the media gives to young girls. Though it would not be fair to blame it all on Barbie, there have been many instances in which she has come dangerously close. I chose to use Barbie dolls because they are miniature mannequins, emblems of the fashion world writ small, a representation of our culture's impossible standards of beauty scaled to one sixth actual size. The little pink scale and How To Lose Weight book are both real Barbie accessories from the 1960s. They are recurring motifs in the pictures in the series, symbolizing the ongoing dissatisfaction many girls and women feel about their weight and body image. The dolls' names, Ana and Mia, are taken from internet neologisms coined by anorexic and bulimic girls who have formed online communities with the unfortunate purpose of encouraging each other in their disordered eating. With each passing era, Ana and Mia are younge unrealistic expectations of a society that digitally manipulates images of women in fashion and beauadvertisements and value their own bodies only as objects for others to look at and desire.
William Hill reinterprets ordinary and simple objects as strangely unfamiliar images through alternative photographic processes. The basic elements of visual representation become theatrical players when color, form, and light converge upon respective subjects in alternating modes of importance.
The tension between abstraction and manipulation, implicit in Hill’s photographic endeavors, allows him to approach photography as a medium that facilitates transformation of an object, on the one hand, by representing reality while assigning the same subject multiple values. Hill is a photographic linguist who believes that people have the innate ability to ‘read’ images semantically.
Julius Lyles, Cleveland, OH, is an art consultant/ curator, figurative expressionist, multi-media artist and is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Lylesart.org. Julius Lyles' artwork has been described as provocative, inventive, aggressive, colorful, diverse, and complex. Julius Lyles artwork has been exhibited at several galleries in Ohio and in solo and group shows in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. Julius Lyles holds a BA in Studio Arts and Photography from Cleveland State University.
The William Hill Fine Art Sculpture Garden is a 5,000 square ft. garden space dedicated to the education of Inter- generational groups in the cultural arts, fine gardening and healthy eating. William Hill Fine Art Sculpture Garden supports the following objectives:
Teaching the Woodlawn community the art of botanical gardening through plant identification and the beneficial properties of flowering herbs.
Encouraging youth to make healthy food choices through the selection and preparation of fresh, nutritious food from our garden.
Using permaculture and organic farming procedures to promote the the growth of healthy food production.
Adults will participate with children in the hands-on training of plant cultivation throughout the blooming and harvest season.