twist, bend and rise...
The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Holly Miller. This will be her second solo exhibition with the gallery.
In Miller's new body of work, she pushes shape, color and texture. The paintings have a dynamic energy and yet simultaneously convey a quiet poetry. The threaded lines pull together the different colors on the canvas. They underscore the geometric shapes and create a dimensionality by adding a stripe of deeper color to the edge. Her palette recalls the tones and hues of Italian industrial design from the 1960‘s and 70‘s. Miller was born in Buffalo, NY but grew up in Rome and her work has always embraced the sensibilities of two cultures.
The titles of each series of paintings are suggestive of emotional and psychological conditions: Twist, Bend and Rise...Wish, Soothe and Hover.... The work is restrained yet has a sensual presence created through a hands on approach. Miller has always strived to combine drawing, painting and sculpture. A graphite line defines the painting from the gessoed ground. The treaded lines connect the drawing and painting to the realm of sculpture. Viewed from different angles, the work shifts and reveals something unexpected.
Although subtle. the punctured holes create a perceived sting or pin prick that functions as an awakening to be aware, to pay attention, to feel. Critic Deven Golden writes in the catalog essay: "...great effort is made in pursuit of uniformity, but it is human imperfection that is embraced and highlighted with each action."