Green Glasses

Angstrom Gallery 3609 Parry Avenue  Dallas, Texas 75226   214.823.6456

Hills Snyder: Green Glasses
March 24–April 21, 2001
Hills Snyder’s Green Glasses, titled for Robespierres’s un-rosy shades, samples various images with
strong 18th century associations–the pirate, algebraic symbol, Marat’s tub, a figure lifted from a Thomas
Rowlandson street scene, etc.–and offers a view through a pop lens at the century that was the beginnings
of modern times.

Snyder’s methodology, which he calls Hand Not Hand, acknowledges the post-modernist embrace
of Duchamp and the impact of mechanical means of production, but puts forth the proposition that the
touch of the artist still has a place in a digitized world. He achieves this by hand crafting wood
templates which are subsequently given up to an industrial process which produces the plastic
representations seen in the exhibition. Only the slightest trace of the artist’s hand is retained in the
objects, which become repositories for a kind of melancholy tempered by humor and intense color.

Brutally visual, this installation utilizes the space itself as a key element, thereby reducing the object
nature of the individual components, resulting in a tableau simultaneously keyed off the physical
site and yet friendly to the inner associations of the random visitor.

Hills Snyder is a San-Antonio based artist who also runs Sala Diaz and contributes reviews and essays to
quality magazines and exhibition catalogs. He has had a one-person show at Angstrom last year
and many others throughout Texas.

Green Glasses

Project Area

Green mirrored acrylic sheet, 2001
28 x 17 x 1/8 inches

Main Gallery

Back To Basics
Red, yellow and blue acrylic sheet on built-up wall with cutout, 2001
135 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches

Take Me To Your Leader
Wall drawing, 2001
1 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Blue and white acrylic sheet on birch support, 2000
59 x 41 x 5/8 inches

Gallery Two

Blind Man’s Bluff
Black and white acrylic sheet on birch support, 2001
39 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Red and white acrylic sheet on birch support, 2001
22 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 5/8 inches

Line cut into wall, dust remains, 2001
79 x 26 1/2 inches


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