LADDIE JOHN DILL

National Archaeological Museum of Naples installation by Laddie John Dill insode of an Italian church with sand and neon light sculptures
Laddie John Dill, Antiquitas in Luce (Installation view at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples)
Laddie John Dill sculpture installation at the Venice Art Biennale that looks like glowing lightsabers under soft, pale sand
Laddie John Dill, Light and Sand, Neon, argon, and sand (Installation view at the 2011 Venice Art Biennale)
Laddie John Dill Electric Light Blanket installation performance art for Laguna Art Museum
Laddie John Dill, Electric Light Blanket, Laser lights project on the sand and water (Performance commissioned by the Laguna Art Museum's annual Art & Nature program)
Laddie John Dill Light Sentence art piece at the Hall Art Foundation Collection
Laddie John Dill, Light Sentence, Argon light, 85 x 1/2 x 1/2 inches (Permanent collection of the Hall Art Foundation)
Laddie John Dill argon gas and tubing installation for NYEHAUS 2013 in brightly colored glass and neon
Laddie John Dill, Light Sentences, Argon, neon, helium, xenon, and mercury in glass tubing (Installation for NYEHAUS)

In 1969, Laddie John Dill began making Light Sentences: colored sections of glass tubing filled with gases of varying intensities, illuminated by gas and ignited by electricity. When affixed to a wall, the wiring is meant to proudly be displayed as an artifact of process, while the continued radiance from the light splashes surrounding walls with distorted geometries. Dill was one of the first Los Angeles artists to exhibit “light and space” work in New York. He exhibited the “Light Sentences” and “Light Plains” in institutions across the United States and globally, and has enjoyed a resurgence of interest in these pieces in the last decade as well, including a recent acquisition of a “Light Plains” sculpture by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Dill has been crafting light and earthly materials like concrete, glass, sand, and metal into luminous sculptures, wall –pieces, and installations since the 1970s. Referring to his choice of materials, Dill explains: “I was influenced by [Robert] Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earth materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting.” View artworks by Dill at Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, California.

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