A major video artist and considered as one of the main actors in new media art, Gary Hill (born 1951 in Santa Monica, CA) has worked with a broad range of media—including sculpture, sound, video, installation and performance—since the early 1970's. His longtime work with intermedia continues to explore an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity.
A Native American from the Yakama reserve, Martin Cothren (born 1960) was a fisherman by trade and drew pictures as a pastime depicting native tradition iconography. The drawings gained in complexity during multiple stints in prison where he also learned the craft of beading. Being a spiritual person at heart he could not cope with the ruthlessness of the white man’s world and died homeless on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska on June 4, 2016.