Women Are Heroes: A Conversation With Greg Miller

Joanne Artman Gallery
Jun 23, 2017 10:58PM

  In the upcoming exhibition “Deconstructing Allusion” at JoAnne Artman Gallery, NYC, Greg Miller presents a new body of work that explores the American landscape through the artist’s unique blend of visual collage. Speaking with us about his new work, Miller gives insight into his memories, inspiration, and studio practice. Miller’s new work includes a sharper focus on material and ephemera.

Greg Miller
Joanne Artman Gallery

  JA: The new body of work is much grittier than what you’ve done in the past, what are some of your influences? How has your practice changed over time?
GM: Moving from Venice Beach, CA, years ago to Austin, TX, [to] East Hampton “Springs", NY, has made me hunker down and own what I do. I pull from older works and make it new. I am influenced by landscapes of Western ghost towns and elements of the 50’s and 60’s urban culture, information of everyday
interactions, American history [and] graffiti. I try to balance all this in my new works.
This new body of work has no resin, it still has my signature of mixed media, collages with ephemera such as the use of fliers, torn up vintage and kitsch magazines, classic novels, books, covers and pages that are glued on in meticulous layers with source materials [such as] Playboy and Steinbeck novels...
JA: Is the imagery in your work set in a particular decade? What research, if any, did you undertake?
GM: There’s no particular decade, I see it as Fresh, Neo-Pop, American History, Western Ruins, Battle Fields, Hollywood/Movies, and Books. It captivates at first glance. I try to create a pulse with mystery and complexity with elusive narratives that reward careful examination. I also document the disappearance in our cultured landscape in America. I try to keep it alive.
  JA: Women play a central role in many of your pieces. Are they based in reality, or are they more of an archetype?
GM: Women are heroes.
JA: Heroes and villains, damsels in distress and the idea of the femme fatale are some of the more obvious themes in your work. Could you elaborate on this, and the underlying meanings? Can you talk about what draws you to this subject matter?
GM: I continue [in my work] the pictorial poise of Pop, the eloquent fury of street art, no generational gap, a spiritual union, carved on the walls...I have always viewed my art as walls. Taken from my generation as historical tribal evidence and layered [into] a story in found-type-pieces and painted language to tell a story...that bridges history. At first it appears as 1950s-60s billboard art yet inside are layers that comment on current situations, proposed by me, of a positive-reflected world.
JA: What do you want people to know about you, about your work?
GM: At the heart I am an American painter, preoccupied with signage in fusion of word and image, hanging there like a wall of sparks or a snowstorm. I have spoken of my own cherished memories, of the weathering billboards that I would see on California highways as a kid. I transport us back to a place as well as time, a “there” as well as a “then”, a formula that induces two contradictory sensations - loss and hope.
JA: Are there any rituals inherent to your practice? What is your typical day in the studio like?
GM: “Don’t think.” Typical day at the studio: I work 7 days a week. I keep it pretty structured.
Wake up, COFFEE is a must, head to the studio, blast some music, Collage, Paint, Make Art, Workout, Hang out with Barb! I try to catch some waves if I can.
JA: As an artist, what is the best advice you’ve been given? The worst?
GM: The worst advice is no advice. Best advice: Never Give up!

Greg Miller's solo exhibition "Deconstructing Allusion" at JoAnne Artman Gallery Fall 2017!

Artist’s Reception: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm | Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by September 1st, 2017
511A West 22nd St. || New York, NY 10011

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