Painting by Matthew Miller (courtesy of Pocket Utopia)
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Matthew Miller. A new painting by Miller is on view at Pocket Utopia, New York through August 29, 2013.
Asked about the black backgrounds in his portraits, Miller comments that "it's similar to a green screen... it could be anything, it's this dense potential... this totally vacant, imaginitive space." He continues: "I want to employ illusionism; I don't want to participate in it necessarily. I want to use it as a feature of my painting... I see them as paintings rather than portraits. They're like images of portraits."
Daniel Larkin reviews the exhibition Matthew Miller: Fools Are Those Who Lose Their Mirrors on view at Pocket Utopia and C.G. Boerner Gallery, New York, on view through October 14, 2012.
Larkin writes: "Most of the critiques of Miller’s work find fault in the destabilizing fissures in his work, like uneven shoulders, differing levels of detail, or the occasional crudely cut line. Others see these choices as a deliberate stylizations with their own advantages. These inconsistencies subvert the effect of realism. After centuries of harmonious proportioned paintings and the hyper-realism of the 20th century, it’s refreshing to see a work that undermines and casts a shadow on its own sense of realism that varies greatly from one work to another."
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