Description

Painting can be a means of creating space, an opportunity to invent an original physical perception, or a pretext for constructing an intimate sense of place. For Dil Hildebrand, these three avenues of exploration are fundamental, particularly in the Studio series. Studio H creates the impression of looking through a window veiled by colours by means use of trompe-l’oeil, a technique designed to fool the viewer into thinking that objects or scenes are real rather than painted. Here, the complex optical space is composed of layers of material, pentimenti, reframings and textured lines of colour. Conflating painting and photography, the surface is divided into a grid of fragmented forms. Unlike the artist’s earlier works, this window opens neither onto the world nor onto the landscape. Instead, it offers an introspective view of a closed space, a space of creation, where the “doing” of painting takes place. M.-E.B.