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Robin Hill with Sam Nichols

KARDEX - Press Release


“Kardex”, 2006

an interactive installation by Robin Hill with Sam Nichols

visible storage cabinet, ink jet prints, recorded sound, house paint

dimensions variable


The artist Robin Hill has retrofitted this steel one-piece cabinet, safely stacked two high. It’s sturdy, welded construction houses Hill’s photographic images of 29 ears organized in bar lug pockets, with 1/4" visible margins, which index important visual and audible information for immediate reference. The viewer is invited to browse the files. By opening the drawers, sounds associated with the subjects whose ears appear are triggered and layered upon a sonic backdrop, created by composer Sam Nichols. The visible margins are permanently protected by a non-glare vinyl tip. Bar lug pockets may be removed or rearranged more easily than in any other system. Steel dividers create a separate compartment for each slide. Key lock is standard on all units. Available in Pearl Gray, Heather Beige, Gray-Rite and Black.

Robin Hill is a sculptor and Associate Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and abroad. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections, as well as in the collections of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery & The Fine Arts Collection and the Fogg Art Museum. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. She is represented by Lennon-Weinberg, Inc. in New York City. Her most recent exhibition there was entitled “Multiplying the Variations” and was the subject of an essay in Sculpture Magazine in September 2005: Between the Physical and Invisible by Denise Carvalho. For more information:


Sam Nichols teaches music theory at the University of California, Davis. He studied guitar with Terry Champlin at Vassar College, and recently received his Ph.D. in composition and theory at Brandeis University. He has studied composition with Ross Bauer, Eric Chasalow, Annea Lockwood, David Rakowski, Richard Wilson and Yehudi Wyner. His recent projects include a clarinet quintet commissioned by the Wellesley Composers Conference and the composition for the sound component in a 2006 collaborative work by Robin Hill and Steve Kaltenbach, “Say It Back”. For “Kardex” Nichols filtered Hill’s chosen recordings using a variety of digital signal processors, and then linked the Kardex cabinet’s physical files to the manipulated sound files using Max/MSP, a powerful and flexible software application.


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