Detail of The Black Luminous Sea, 1982, by Joe Miller. Watercolor on paper, 15 x 23 inches.

NORTH GALLERY

2015

Joe Miller

UNLIKE EARTH

August 29–November 9, 2015

Curated by Diane Martindale

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UNLIKE EARTH presents a survey of seventeen exquisitely rendered images of unworldly structure and vibratory color. This is the first museum exhibition devoted to Miller’s “colorfolds,” a term which references the process by which he makes the paintings.

Miller’s colorfold pieces involve intricately folding paper whose exposed surfaces are painted. He then unfolds the paper one fold at a time, exposing the next unpainted surface, which he then paints, continuing until the paper is completely unfolded and the painting is finished. As such, the paintings present a chain of visual thought and illustrate states of the artist’s mind over time. Within these boldly rendered paintings we see memories of mountains and rivers, star-streaked skies, and the slow accretion and erosion of rock. At times crystalline, at times Rorschach-esque, these paintings provide unique insight to Miller’s evolving relationship to the Earth.

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Detail of The Black Luminous Sea, 1982, by Joe Miller. Watercolor on paper, 15 x 23 inches.

SPONSORS:

The Lester M. and Bernice Smith Foundation, The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center and Harbor Rentals.