One of my favourite galleries, Scream, this week present an exhibition of new mixed media paintings by American artist Greg Miller.
Miller’s abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers aim to depict the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible.
Like a cross between pop-art and neo modernist advertising, they grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy momentary beauty in a commercial world.
Working with both paint and collage, Miller constructs and deconstructs, exploring the contradiction, ambiguity and truth between urban streetscape and history. Miller comments, “In the ‘50s I would drive with my dad from Northern California through the San Joaquin Valley because he did a lot of business in Los Angeles. We would drive along the old Highway 99. And the billboards along the way were all ripped and torn. They were old. There was nothing fresh about them. When I would see these posters I would get a sense of history and time. I could see that we’re kind of visitors because we’re not of that time necessarily but I’m recording it and I’m painting it.”
There appears to be a fragile heroism conveyed within the temporary nature of the work, especially within his construction of paper, wood and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth. Miller’s use of resin as a flawless glaze preserves this history and transience, but also gives the work a high quality finish.
Greg Miller‘s work is featured in numerous museum and private collections that have travelled internationally including those organised by the Charles Saatchi Collection and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection.
Greg Miller’s ‘Four Corners’ is shown from 30th November 2012 – 5th January 2013. Scream, 27 – 28 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DH www.screamlondon.com