ACME. is pleased to announce an exhibition of new sculptures by Christopher Miles.
Mounted on stainless steel posts, Miles' glazed, hand-wrought stoneware forms are suggestive of heads, but without any clear back or front. The sculptures are created to be fully peripatetic—engaging and confronting from all angles.
Nodding to influences as varied as Expressionist, Cubist, Surrealist, and Vitalist sculpture, Abstract Expressionist ceramics, Postminimalist investigations of phenomenology and materiality, and both contemporary and historical artistic considerations of the grotesque and the abject, Miles' works bridge between anthropomorphic suggestion, visceral presence, and heavily gestural, abstract form. The works operate in both the domain of the literal with their insistent materiality, and the domain of the literary, with their teasing allusion.
As one moves around and among them, the works oscillate between the humorous, the seductive, and the beautiful, and the tragic, the repellant, and the corrupt.
Christopher Miles completed his BA at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, and his MFA at the School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. He is an award-winning writer and curator who has published criticism extensively for over fifteen years. He has taught at multiple art schools and departments in Southern California, and recently was appointed Chair of the Department of Art at California State University, Long Beach.