Artists Space

Hilary Lloyd

May 25 – August 21, 2011

Artists Space presents the first solo exhibition in the United States by British artist Hilary Lloyd. The exhibition will feature new work developed by Lloyd in direct relation to the architecture of Artists Space.

Two images side by side of the space between sets of thighs. There are light spots reflecting through.
Hilary Lloyd. Still from Thighs, 2011. [Two images side by side of the space between sets of thighs. There are light spots reflecting through.]

Hilary Lloyd's work is predominantly realized through the presentation of sequential images, either within video or slide installations. This work is rooted in Lloyd’s observation of people, objects and spaces. Each individual piece portrays its subject in isolation: men working at an outdoor carwash in Sheffield, UK (Car Wash, 2005); the iconic DJ Princess Julia playing records at Queer Nation in London's Kings Cross (Princess Julia, 1997); a motorway construction site in Glasgow (Motorway, 2010); a young man taking off his t-shirt (Colin #2, 1999). Lloyd's camera acts as a voyeuristic gaze that addresses minimal, often repetitive movement and banal materiality. The resulting compositions appear at times staged and at others record the world from afar, examining the phenomenological interplay between the honed theatrics of physical activity, and the immaterial conditions of seeing and being seen.

The equipment used to display these images (monitors, projectors, stands and cabling) form a highly visible and fetishized aspect of Lloyd's installations. Similar to the awareness of the body’s movement in space induced by minimalist sculpture, the amplified presence of the technologies of audio-visual display compels a physical dimension to the act of looking. Viewers are placed within an equivalent "scene" of experience to that which exists between Lloyd and her subjects – a scene mediated by codes of posture and desire.

Hilary Lloyd (b. 1964) lives and works in London. Her work has been presented in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, amongst others at: Raven Row, London (2010), Tramway, Glasgow (2010), Le Consortium, Dijon (2009), Kunstverein Munich (2006), Venice Bienniale (2003), Gwangju Biennial (2002), Steirischer Herbst (2001), and Tate Triennial, London (2000).

July 15, 2011

Pablo Lafuente on Interpellation
Lecture
7pm

A single screen showing a splitscreen image is mounted on two poles that stretch floor to ceiling. The screen stands alone in a large, open space with windows in the background.
Hilary Lloyd. Installation view, Artists Space, 2011. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A single screen showing a splitscreen image is mounted on two poles that stretch floor to ceiling. The screen stands alone in a large, open space with windows in the background.]
Two screens are mounted vertically on metal poles that stretch floor to ceiling. The screens show black images with white light spots.
Hilary Lloyd. Installation view, Artists Space, 2011. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [Two screens are mounted vertically on metal poles that stretch floor to ceiling. The screens show black images with white light spots.]
Two portrait-oriented screens are each mounted on two floor to ceiling metal poles. The screens are facing outward at a 90-degree angle to each other and show abstract images.
Hilary Lloyd. Installation view, Artists Space, 2011. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [Two portrait-oriented screens are each mounted on two floor to ceiling metal poles. The screens are facing outward at a 90-degree angle to each other and show abstract images.]
A wide shot of a gallery space with wood floors and large windows. In the foreground is a screen mounted on two metal poles on a wheeled base. In the midground, there are two screens mounted on floor to ceiling metal poles arranged at a 90 degree angle to each other. In the background, there is another screen just visible from behind a white column.
Hilary Lloyd. Installation view, Artists Space, 2011. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A wide shot of a gallery space with wood floors and large windows. In the foreground is a screen mounted on two metal poles on a wheeled base. In the midground, there are two screens mounted on floor to ceiling metal poles arranged at a 90 degree angle to each other. In the background, there is another screen just visible from behind a white column.]
Two screens are mounted, one above the other, on two metal poles. They show a single image split across the two screens of a black fabric with white dots, zigzags, and lines. In the background, there are two more screens mounted vertically on two metal poles. They show a black image with white light spots.
Hilary Lloyd. Installation view, Artists Space, 2011. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [Two screens are mounted, one above the other, on two metal poles. They show a single image split across the two screens of a black fabric with white dots, zigzags, and lines. In the background, there are two more screens mounted vertically on two metal poles. They show a black image with white light spots.]
A portrait-oriented screen is mounted on two metal floor to ceiling poles. The screen is split to show two different images of shadows on ground. At a 90 degree angle facing left, another screen is mounted on two metal floor to ceiling poles. A third screen is visible in the background, facing away, mounted on two metal poles atop a wheeled base.
Hilary Lloyd. Installation view, Artists Space, 2011. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A portrait-oriented screen is mounted on two metal floor to ceiling poles. The screen is split to show two different images of shadows on ground. At a 90 degree angle facing left, another screen is mounted on two metal floor to ceiling poles. A third screen is visible in the background, facing away, mounted on two metal poles atop a wheeled base.]

This exhibition is supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and The Friends of Artists Space.

Special thanks to Sadie Coles HQ, London.