The exhibition opens with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 3 (members see it first, from 6-7 p.m. — join today!) and continues through Sept. 10 at Blaffer Art Museum. Exhibition curator Javier Sánchez Martínez will discuss Lloyd’s work during a Free Gallery Talk + Lunch at noon on Wednesday, July 27.
Populated by human and non-human characters such as a maniacal Easter bunny, a woman with a fake gun, or a wandering cat, Lloyd’s videos jolt the viewer between different film genres and scenarios. In the exhibition, everyday vignettes alternate with studio vistas, fashion shoots, and theatrical fictions, in which raw and edited footage is collapsed with digital animation. Playing with recorded glitches, lo-res pixilation, and Photoshop effects like lens flares and pattern stamp tools, Lloyd accentuates the visual textures of electronic media.
Lloyd’s videos continue the lineage of experimental film by displaying non-representational imagery and breaking with sequential narrative through the use of long shots, flicker effects, and repetitive variations of visual motifs. Her video installations present virtual worlds while at the same time relating to the physical space of the viewer as she or he moves through the artworks, experiencing them from various angles.
Light glances and shines across surfaces and screens, rendering objects visible or dissolving them in a glowing stream. Making sculptures and installations with and about light, Lloyd’s works explore various levels of perception, revealing spaces between bodies and images while underscoring the materials and processes of video, including screens, support structures, and audiovisual equipment.
Hilary Lloyd is organized by Javier Sánchez Martínez, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of our First Take patrons Leslie and Brad Bucher, Jereann Chaney, Krista and Mike Dumas, Cullen K. Geiselman, Cecily Horton, and the John P. McGovern Foundation. Additional support comes from the Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment for Exhibitions and Program, the Houston Endowment, Inc., the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Jo and Jim Furr Exhibition Endowment at Blaffer Art Museum, and The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation.
Images: Installation view of Hilary Lloyd at Blaffer Art Museum by Pete Molick, © Hilary Lloyd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Greene Naftali Gallery, New York