September 16 October 25, 2009
The Robin Rice Gallery announces "Roots", a solo exhibition of 14
digital X-ray images by artist and photographer Steve Miller. The
opening reception will be held on September 16th, 2009. The show runs
through October 25th.
While all photography arrests motion, it is only the X-ray that allows
us to climb inside a particular moment and subject and parse the structure
of its beauty from within. Steve Miller’s X-ray photographs, 13 black
and white carbon on cotton prints and 1 glass plate mounted on steel,
do the trick. Miller’s work lifts the lid off a hidden domain, revealing
the stilled and remarkable innards of things we pass by every day.
Orchid bulbs perch on lacy roots, music thrums from a plucked string,
a foot punches a ball into the air. Miller removes plants, musical
instruments, and soccer balls from their usual context and fixes them
under the omniscient, scrutinizing eye of the digital X-ray. The inner
world rises to the outer. Smoky, ethereal tulips bend, mid-wilt; seeds
nestle within nearly invisible pods; the guitar’s translucent body
rests in its case, snug as if in an ancient sarcophagus. Miller distills
all action, feeling, and process so that only the essential remains,
and in carefully rendered black, white, and film-noir gray, the essential
is both clinical and glamorous.
What was hidden is now revealed, and the empty space within his subjects
speaks to their potential fullness. At the same time, that new vision
brings with it an unsettling awareness of our own inner workings,
our fundamental material essence, and ultimately, our human susceptibility
to the processes of time.
In the past 25 years, Steve Miller has presented 31 solo exhibitions
at major institutions in the United States, China, France, and Germany.
His exhibitions have been reviewed in Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung,
The New York Times, The Boston Globe, ArtForum, ARTnews, and Art in
America. Miller was one of the first artists to experiment with computers
in the early 1980’s, and his work today continues to integrate science
and technology with fine art. This is his first solo show of photography.
To view exhibition, please visit www.robinricegallery.com.