In his first solo exhibition at Box Gallery , Miller shows monochromatic - usually black or white - acrylic relief paintings on panel and on paper. The dominant imagery of "Everyman" as businessman is at once sinister and humorous. Even his series on paper of "holes" and "entries" conveys some unease. However, the witty candor of Miller's imagery is refreshing. By building layers of paint to create the contours - and sparse but significant details - of figures, architectural elements, and other objects, Miller's paintings seem to fluctuate as light and one's viewing perspective changes. Paint also operates in these works as a nearly uniform coating, contributing an enticing sense of concealment: there is something there we cannot quite get at. It is also beautiful, dense and polished, with some scratchy little lines on close inspection. Forced perspective distorts the imagery, and repetition is significant, reflecting "mass-production and conformity in our culture" writes Miller.
(Images: Tom Miller, Heads of States, 2006, acrylic and graphite on paper, 12 x 16 inches; Slabs and Holes,16 x 26 inches , acrylic on hardboard , 2008; Courtesy Box Gallery)