Magnolia Blvd. (detail)
wood, glass, canvas, denim, brass, dye, bleach
124 x 81 x 213 cm
Titled after the infamous San Fernando Valley street, Hill’s Magnolia Blvd exudes a tarnished suburban glamour. Glass panels, pierced with bronze piping, are mounted on a wooden base creating a framework of modern design elegance. Draped with pink and yellow canvases, Hill’s sculpture is visually arresting and seductive in its tactility. The folds of the fabric create juxtaposition between hard-edged composition and naturalistic forms that suggest the delicate folds of flowers or the sensual pliability of skin. Coating the material with a variety of materials, including botanical dyes, oil, and syrup, Hill’s canvases embody the tension between chemical reaction and biological decay, creating a monument that alludes to both iconic style and corrosive enchantment.