Laddie John Dill, Untitled, 1986

A Los Angeles-based artist, Dill actually exhibited his first show in New York in 1971. He is considered of the first LA artists to gain recognition for experimenting with light and space in abstraction. “I was influenced by Rauschenberg,” he says, “Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earth materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting.”

Accordingly, his works incorporate various materials, such as concrete, glass, sand and metal, which he uses to create sculpture, wall pieces and various installations.