Gill's work and life spotlighted in exhibition
The exhibition, "The Process of Discovery," opens Thursday, Jan. 30, and runs through March 1. A reception will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
The exhibition features the work of Gill, who died in 2013 at age 52. The show presents woodcuts, pastels, monoprints and sculpture highlighting the breadth of the contemporary artist's talent. Gill created a large body of work throughout his life, though he is best known for his sculptures and large-scale relief prints of wood cross-sections.
The artist collected wood on his 10-acre property, Beckwith Brook Farm, in New Hartford, gathering material from fallen or dead indigenous trees, including ash, oak, locust, spruce, willow, pine and maple. In his 2,800-square-foot, two-story studio that he built by hand, Gill cut cross-sections of trunks or branches, planed and sanded the surfaces, burned and brushed them, sealed the wood and carefully applied ink. He then transferred the image to handmade Japanese rice paper by rubbing with his hand or using the bowl of a spoon capturing the growth rings and imperfections in vivid detail.
"The Process of Discovery" pays homage to Gill's artistic journey through multiple media -- pastels, monoprints, woodcuts and sculpture. The show offers a personal window into his creative process by incorporating the artist's journal, a woodblock from the studio, stencils used in the creation of the monoprints and his signature publication, "Woodcut," in the display.
In 2012, Princeton Architectural Press released 31 original prints by the artist in "Woodcut." The publication received widespread acclaim and was named to the New York Times Style Magazine's list of "The Best in Books."
Gill was born and raised in the northwestern corner of Connecticut. His body of work is heavily influenced by the New England countryside, and is held in many private and public collections. including IBM Corp.,
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New York; Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility, Fairfield, Calif.; and the Boston Public Library.