Enter and be immersed in the strangely familiar yet undiscovered by the art installation of John Miller’s latest exhibition at Metro Pictures. An opening reception last January 19th opened its three galleries with unique settings that showcased the current oeuvre from this artist with a show entitled “Suburban Past Time”.
In Gallery 1, Miller uses artificial rocks and plants placed about simulating a park with a wallpaper of apartment blocks in Berlin on the two walls. To envelop you in a sense of the generic, this is transforming the gallery into a bizarre public space.
Walking into Gallery 2, you are met with a variety of materials such as store bought (file cabinets) and handmade decorative (cut out carpet). If the previous was exterior then this is the interior with several file cabinets treated in “hot rod finish” placed about, a lamp, carpet cut outs that spell NO, two chairs constantly inhabited by people reading, and a vector wallpaper on two adjoining walls but this time, it’s a beach resort in Mallorca. You have now stepped into a study but what point of interest is entirely up to you.
Finally, you reach the cinema room of Gallery 3 where a series of flash animation by Miller created with collaborator Takuji Kogo under the name of Robot are visually arresting. Several pieces will play on rotation using texts from personal ads and the MIDI voice recordings set to a rhythmic soundtrack. Two pieces boldly stood out with “I’m a British Gay” focusing on a tower clock set on a blue sky and “Why You Need to Know Me” with the psychedelic world of a Japanese game arcade scene.
These works are a continuation of Miller’s sociological investigation into so-called middlebrow culture, which focused on artifice in Western consumer societies, If for a moment you want to be lost in the familiar yet come away different from the kind of alternate suburbia emulated by this exhibition.
John Miller: Suburban Past Time
On View: January 19 – March 10, 2012
Gallery Schedule: Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
519 W24th Street
New York, NY 10001
article by: Oscar A. Laluyan