Lesley Dill
You Taught Me
1997
charcoal, thread, oil and photograph on silver print paper 
69 3/8 x 51 3/4 inches 
LDd 63 

Lesley Dill
A Mouthful of Words
1997
charcoal and photography 
51 1/2 x 52 inches 
LDd 70 
 

Lesley Dill
Falling Girl
1997
thread, oil, charcoal and photography 
68 3/4 x 52 inches 
LDd 65 

Lesley Dill
Flower Hand
1997
thread and photgraph on silver print paper 
65 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches 
LDd 62 

Lesley Dill
Homage to N.S.
1997
thread, charcoal, oil and photogapy 
57 1/2 x 64 3/4 inches 
LDd 77 

Lesley Dill
Ghost Eyes
1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread, charcoal and oil
70 x 51 1/2 inches
"It is in fact intercourse with ghosts and not only with the ghosts of the recipient but also with one's own ghost which developes between the lines" 
R.M. Rilke
LDd66 

Lesley Dill
Untitled
1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread and charcoal 
66 1/4 x 51 3/8 inches
"A faith like a guillotine - as heavy as light"
Kafka
LDd67 

Lesley Dill
Man Reaching
1997
scraped and collaged silver print photograph with thread and oil
65 x 51 1/2 inches
"Only the man who has raised his strings among the dark ghosts also should feel his way toward the endless praise"
R.M. Rilke
"I have whittled away my body--I say--there was nothing inside--and no lid either"
Edward Morris (model)
LDd69 

Lesley Dill
Untitled
1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread and charcoal
65 x 51 1/2 inches
"We like a hair breath escape"
Emily Dickinson
LDd68 

Lesley Dill
The Dreamer
1997
scraped silver print photograph with horsehair and charcoal
49 1/4 x 70 1/4 inches
"If you are the Dreamer
I am what you dream
But when you want to wake, I am 
your wish and I grow
strong and turn into a vast magnificence"
R.M. Rilke
LDd75 

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Press Release

In Black and White
 
Apr 8 - May 10, 1997


During April the George Adams Gallery will show a new series of works on paper by Lesley Dill. This series is comprised of unique large-format silver gelatin prints from which most of the emulsion has been removed and the exposed paper covered over in a variety of media. In this series Dill continues her work with photography that first began over four years ago. She also continues to incorporate the poetry of Emily Dickinson as well as Rilke, Kafka and a contemporary poet who, as it happens, appears in several of the images.

In Black & White includes nine works that combine language with image to create a link between the two that is intentionally oblique and evocative. Dill's interest in photography is as a means to an end, however. The original photographs, with most of the emulsion scraped off, are further manipulated with oil paint and charcoal, with stitched threads and horse hair or letters stamped in india ink to form the words. For Dill, these works are more sculptural than photographic in the emphasis on surface, and perhaps even theatrical with their representation of animated figures. In fact, her early work with photography led to a series of stage performances, the most recent held at the Maison Creteil in Paris last spring.


Exhibition Checklist

1. Ghost Eyes, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread, charcoal and oil
70 x 51 1/2 inches
"It is in fact intercourse with ghosts and not only with the ghosts of the recipient but also with one's own ghost which developes between the lines" 
R.M. Rilke

2. Untitled, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread and charcoal
65 x 51 1/2 inches
"We like a hair breath escape"
Emily Dickinson

3. You Taught Me, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with charcoal, thread and oil
69 3/8 x 51 3/4 inches
"You taught me waiting with myself
Appointment strictly kept
You taught me fortitude of fate
This also I have learnt"
Emily Dickinson

4. The Dreamer, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with horsehair and charcoal
49 1/4 x 70 1/4 inches
"If you are the Dreamer
I am what you dream
But when you want to wake, I am 
your wish and I grow
strong and turn into a vast magnificence"
R.M. Rilke

5. Flower Hand, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with wire, thread and collage
65 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches
"and look at all the motionless and fragile butterflies
pinned for their beautiful wings"
R.M. Rilke

6. Homage to N.S., 1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread, charcoal and oil 
57 1/2 x 64 3/4 inches
"Your thoughts don't have words every day
They come a single time
Like single esoteric sips"
Emily Dickinson

7. Untitled, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with thread and charcoal 
66 1/4 x 51 3/8 inches
"A faith like a guillotine - as heavy as light"
Kafka

8. Man Reaching, 1997
scraped and collaged silver print photograph with thread and oil
65 x 51 1/2 inches
"Only the man who has raised his strings among the dark ghosts also should feel his way toward the endless praise"
R.M. Rilke
"I have whittled away my body--I say--there was nothing inside--and no lid either"
Edward Morris (model)

9. A Mouthful of Words, 1997
scraped silver print photograph with charcoal
51 1/2 x 52 inches
poetry by Emily Dickinson