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20171223004240-fragile
Fragile, 2015 Wood 30" H X 30" W X 84" D © Kirk Miller
20171223004436-cubes
Untitled (fragile), 2015-16 Wood, Cardboard Variable © Kirk Miller
20171223004326-ubuntu
Prosthetic Self, 2015 - 17 Abs Plastic, Metal 54" H X 72" W X 72" D © Kirk Miller
20171223004545-ubuntudetail
Prosthetic Self (detail), 2015 - 17 Abs Plastic, Metal 54" H X 72" W X 72" D © Kirk Miller
20171223004502-present
Present (The Gift), 2014-16 Paper 12" H X 16" W X 3" D © Kirk Miller
20171223012013-boxofbuddhas
Box of Buddhas (Self), 2016-17 Abs Plastic, Mirror, Cardboard 6" H X 12" W X 24" D © Kirk Miller
20171223004507-sacredtextsacredspace
sacredTextSacredSpace I, 2014 Steel, Light Boxes 18" H X 96" W X 4" D © Kirk Miller
20171223004513-sacredtextsacredspacepart2
sacredTextSacredSpace II, 2014 Steel, Vice, Light, Variable © Kirk Miller
20171223010916-basketofselfies
Basket of Selfies, 2017 Abs Plastic 10" H X 10" W X 10" D © Kirk Miller
20171223010926-beerandstopperselfie
Sixpack (self), 2016 Abs Plastic, Paper 10" H X 6" W X 10" D © Kirk Miller
20171223011046-dogselfie
Dog (self), 2017 Abs Plastic 7" H X 3" W X 5" D © Kirk Miller
20171223011133-eyehead
Palpebral (self), 2016 Abs Plastic 3" H X 7" W X 5" D © Kirk Miller
20171223190609-pipe
flipFlop (self), 2016 Abs Plastic 5" H X 2" W X 7" D © Kirk Miller
20171223192337-heartselfie
Irregular (self), 2016 Abs Plastic, Glass Bell 8" H X 8" W X 8" D © Kirk Miller
20171223192825-inhalerselfies
Inhalers (self), 2016 Abs Plastic, Glass Bell 12" H X 7" W X 7" D © Kirk Miller
20171223190746-self_no-self_
Self (No Self), 2017 Pla Plastic 7" H X 7" W X 7" D © Kirk Miller
20171223012440-wiankirk
What's In A Name (WIAN), 2009 Digital Print, Canvas, Metal Hardware 36" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20171223004420-birdhouse
Untitled (Home), 2015 Wood, Laser Etched Text 10" H X 8" W X 8" D © Kirk Miller
20171223004442-5standardsizes2016
Five Standard Sizes, 2016 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180916193336-notpresent_01
Here... And There 001, 2017 Digital Image 10.5" H X 13" W © Kirk Miller
20180917155914-notpresent_02
Here... And There 002, 2017 Digital Image 10.5" H X 13" W © Kirk Miller
20180917160159-notpresent_03
Here... And There 003, 2017 Digital Image 10.5" H X 13" W © Kirk Miller
20180917160339-notpresent_04
Here... And There, 2017 Digital Image 10.5" H X 13" W © Kirk Miller
20151211034242-1
Wrecks Accidents & Collisions (Mary Boone Gallery) , 1992 Digital Print 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212350-medicalselfiesforbrand
Medical Self, 2017-18 Abs Plastic, Glass, Wood, Metal 42' H X 40" W X 11" D © Kirk Miller
20180708212914-themonster
Monster, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212915-zunipostslargehires_3
Zuni, Grandma & Me, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212918-handsandzafu
Just Sitting, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212921-disconnectedlrg
Disconnected, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212921-elephantx2large
Delusions Are Inexhaustible, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212924-waroftheroses2
War Of The Roses, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212925-palpapralselfie
Palpebral Selfie, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212929-feelbetter
Feel Better, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212934-rockhires
One, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212934-tjmandpaintbrushselfie
TJM Jr & me, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212939-resistingduelism
Resisting Dualism, 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708212939-inhalerandsmoke
Breath(Less), 2018 Digital Image 20" H X 24" W © Kirk Miller
20180708213107-waroftherosesday7
War Of The Roses (Day 7), 2018 Abs Plastic, Rose, Glass, Wood 15" H X 20" W X 10" D © Kirk Miller
20181015154214-noself
noSelf (In Search Of...), 2018 Sculpture: Abs Plastic 12"H X 20"W X 8"D © Kirk Miller
20171223003557-img_6028
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Los Angeles
Birth year
1950
Lives in
Long Beach, CA
Works in
Norwalk, CA
Schools
Art Center College of Design, 1987, MFA & BFA
UC Berkley, 1973, BA
Kirk's Artist Statement & Bio

artist statement

In my recent body of work, I construct prosthetic memories as a means to explore the notion of self. For the past four years I’ve incorporated 3D printed figurines (self-portraits) and used redacted religious text fragments to investigate this idea. These new works integrate traditional art making processes along with an interest in exploring new fabrication methods and materials. I work assiduously to bring together many facets of visual art into my projects, which often incorporate sculpture, photography, and installation. My practice is a blend of Minimalism and Conceptualism laced with a droll sense of humor and a tendency towards tongue-in-cheek visual puns that still manage to service a desire to investigate existential and ontological concerns.

 

Nothing (No-thing-ness) & Emptiness

As a conceptual artist, the notions of nothingness (no-thing-ness) and emptiness have comprised a constant area of interest for Kirk. Originally inspired by the absurdist theater of Ionesco and Beckett, in which human existence is shown to have no real meaning or purpose, his early works focused on nothingness as a negation, specifically the negation of death after all meaning has been emptied from life, a simulacrum, an 'exquisite corpse.' However, in his more recent works, like "sacredTextSacredSpace" and "Fragile," his interest in nothingness has evolved to become the nothingness of pure zero and of 'boundless possibility.' Rather than a negation, he now sees this 'stripping away' as an opening, a potentiality. The nested crates of "Fragile," existing somewhere between a Pandora's box and a wooden coffin, playfully blur the lines between art and frame, a physical manifestation of Derrida's 'parergon.' Contained within both the enclosed and the cascading variations of the boxes sit a core cube with laser-cut redacted religious text fragments, two six-sided dice with completely arbitrary I-Ching charts, suggesting that both change and chance are effectively synonymous.

 

3D Printed Figurines (self-portraits)

In my unique 3D printed figurines, there is no one "self-portrait” that can be identified as me. That which we call the self is a mental construct all of us create that tends to be all encompassing. It comes from not only our immediate notion of what we perceive as our self, both physical and mental, but also abstractions of everything we experience, which include both what I think of as myself and what I think of as other. It is something that is ongoing and undergoes constant change throughout our life. We believe that it designates something that is real and actually exists, but there is nothing that really exists that corresponds to our notion of self; it is only an idea. It is this self that provides us a complete and seamless, albeit distorted, interpretation of our reality.

 

biography

Kirk's education and experience cover a wide spectrum of art and art activity. He has a background in art history, commercial illustration and design, and several years working as a conceptual artist. Mr. Miller received a BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley before going on to earn a BFA in Illustration and a MFA in Painting, both from Art Center College of Design. His own work has been exhibited at many national and international locations, including Arena 1 Gallery, "Mary Boone Gallery", Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art, Chapman University, and the Galleria Notturna d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy. Mr. Miller has taught at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, and Pasadena City College, but for the past thirty years he has been on faculty at Cerritos College, instructing survey courses, as well as classes specifically devoted to electronic imaging and installation/experimental art. During his time at Cerritos he has served as art department chair, gallery director, and been awarded the Outstanding Faculty of the Year. If you have any questions or comments, please contact him at kirkmillerart@gmail.com.

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