CES Gallery presents I’m Already Dead In Dog Years, a series of new paintings by Los Angeles based artist Easton A. Miller. By fully embracing that we exist in an ever-expanding digital era, Miller’s new body of work addresses the notion that physically engaging with the world often provides opportunities to experience a more capacitous perspective on life than a digitally curated reality would afford us.
Miller turns the quotidian into paintings. He carries with him at all times a small notebook, and in it he makes notes of what he hears during his daily travels; be it a disturbing quote or an amusing anecdote. These notes become the basis for contemplation and a way of rethinking how people engage with or respond to their environment, creating physical manifestations of thought. He refers to the work as “Portraits of Circumstance,” and the size of the work is most frequently determined by the most typical scale of a photographic portrait (8 x10”). When work strays from this standardized format, the scale shifts to reflect a direct relationship with that of the human body.
The heavy impasto surfaces lend a visceral and tactile quality, while the incorporated everyday materials, objects or patterns reference connections with his archived quotes. Each piece is completely unique from the next, with great care taken to personalize each experience and daily observation, further emphasizing the individuality of its secret, unknown subjects. However, the result is far removed from the original experience and disconnected from their origins. By doing so, the work responds to the separations that occur each time personal data is shared in social media platforms or when moments get lost in a long scrolling image feed.
Through his rigorous and conceptual process, Miller asks the viewer to reconsider their role in public space, be it physical or virtual. The result is pure abstraction, desirous to communicate on a human level.