Li-Hill: Thrust and Parry In BKLN

Reprising some of the same thrust and parry action recently on display in his site specific installation at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire, Street Artist Li-Hill brought the same asymmetric energy, minus the lumber, to this Brooklyn wall this week. Living in New York at the moment, the Toronto based artist has experimented with graffiti in his exploration of painting, design, graphic design, and illustration.

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The kinetic fencing tableau depicted here weaves and dodges and leans forward, echoing through duplication of layers like frames of an action, effectively a painted stop-action of planes and atmospheric waves. When describing himself Li-Hill says he is attempting to “decipher the complexities of the rapid development in our modern age.”

Using the full physical range of all his limbs in New York’s July sunshine, the artist directs his energy to the gestural and engages in a purposeful postmodern dance with paint and a wall — that may recall high-tech CGI scenes from The Matrix — in effect mastering the elements even while veils of separation dissolve before our eyes.

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill at work on his new mural for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill. Detail. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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