Allison Miller Fogsmokesteam 2014 Acrylic, Flashe, modeling paste, archival marker and pencil on canvas 48" x 48"
FIELD NOTE: As can be expected, there are some updates to the UNLV Art Department Fall Lecture schedule, a series of talks by artists that gives art and non-art majors an engrossing way to get credits. (There is still a short window to enroll if a UNLV student is interested). The series is free to the public.
First up, on September 9, is Allison Miller. Art writer Sharon Butler, also an Arts Writers Grant recipient, wrote on her art blog that Miller strikes her "as calculatedly--therefore artfully--imbecilic."
The Los Angeles artist forces viewers to ask ridiculously simple questions, such as "What is this?" and "What kind of space am I looking at?" Shapes and lines lock in bad relationships, color squeezes into (and out of) unexpected situations, and ambiguous titles broadcast multiple meanings. In other words, these clumsy, uncomfortable, unresolved paintings are mysteriously unforgettable. They got under my skin
ADD: While we are on the subject of UNLV, I will be working closely with the art department as a MFA Fine Art Candidate exploring text-type imagery in public space, and will continue keeping a somewhat objective arts reporting tone with anything on campus, as I do with works inside galleries around town. Anything in public space will always be up for review.