Pati Hill, Alphabet of Common Objects, c. 1975-79, 45 black and white copier prints, each 11” x 8.5,″ part of Arcadia University Art Gallery's 2015 exhibition Pati Hill: Photocopier. Courtesy Estate of Pati Hill and Arcadia.
Installation view of Pati Hill: Photocopier, Arcadia University Art Gallery. A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, 1978, 32 captioned black & white copier prints, dimensions variable. Photo by Aaron Igler, Greenhouse Media, courtesy of the estate of Pati Hill.
Installation view of Pati Hill: Photocopier, Arcadia University Art Gallery. Left: Photocopied Garments, 1976, 9 examples from the series of black & white copier prints. Photo by Aaron Igler, Greenhouse Media, courtesy of the estate of Pati Hill.
Pati Hill, detail from A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, 1978, installation of thirty-four black and white photocopies, each 8 1/2 x 14″.
Arcadia University Art Gallery presents Pati Hill: Photocopier, an exhibition of early artwork by the late Pati Hill (1921-2014), an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. Using the machine to scan objects as quotidian as a gum wrapper or as unexpected as a dead swan, Hill published many of the resulting images alongside her own texts. The first comprehensive presentation of a largely unknown body of work, this exhibition surveys black and white prints made between 1974 and 1983, accompanied by a publication and a series of public programs.