Laddie John Dill (American, b.1943) is a sculptor and “light” artist best known for his Light Trap and Light Sentence sculptures and neon installations. Dill was an influential member of the California Light and Space movement, along with fellow artists John McCracken, James Turrell, Larry Bell, and Mary Corse. The movement was concerned with the transformative impact of light and geometry on a viewer’s perception of his or her environment.
Since the 1970s, Dill has pioneered the use of light, glass, sand, and aluminum for use in sculptures, wall pieces, and installations. Discussing his choice of materials, Dill explains: “I was influenced by Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earth materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting.”
Examples of Dill's artwork can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Dill currently lives and works in Venice Beach, CA.
The Argonaut, May 21, 2012