In Art, Mistakes Are Assets

By Dave DeLuca

HilliardJohn Hilliard has a unique perspective on the value of fallibility in art. At OSU, he will be sharing his view that mistakes can be considered steps along the path to perfection.

Hilliard is an English conceptual artist who has been using photography as his medium since the 1960s. His European and American exhibits have featured Cibachrome and scanachrome prints. These types of works use a photographic process which allow the artist greater control of light purity. He has also utilized push processing, or uprating. This film-developing technique increases the sensitivity of the film. The result alters visual characteristics such as contrast and resolution. The various photographic styles create works which combine the surreal with the concrete, and always challenge the imagination of the viewer.

Hilliard is no stranger to the lectern, either. He has taught at art departments in Amsterdam and London.

John Hilliard will be appearing at the OSU LaSells Stewart Center as part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. A 6 p.m. reception will be followed by the 7 p.m. lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Admission is free. For more information, call 541-737-4745.