John Miller belongs to a generation of US artists who, at the beginning of the 1980s, broke loose from Minimal Art and Conceptual Art and to go its own way. At this time, the “Pictures Theory” emerged, exemplified by the work Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Allan McCollum and Sherrie Levine – among others. Miller was more closely aligned with a later group of Los Angeles artists who he studied with at CalArts: Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Tony Oursler and Christopher Williams. He went on to develop a formal language all of his own, while concerned with the media and consumerism, also calls into question the role of the artist vis-à-vis specific societal and economic conditions. Although his work spans a range of media – video, painting, photography, collage and sculpture –painting from the very outset holds a fundamental significance in his oeuvre and functions as a recurring element.
Exhibition at galery Meyer Riegger
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