untitled (67) (diptych) Acrylic on Aluminum Panel 77 x 96 in.
detail, untitled (67) (diptych) Acrylic on Aluminum Panel 77 x 96 in.
Untitled (2) Acrylic on Aluminum Panel 48 x 72 in
Untitled (60) Acrylic on Aluminum Panel 41 x 46 in.
untitled (SVB-374) Acrylic and Mixed Media on Wood Panel 48" x 48"
Historically lot of abstract painting has been all about acknowledging the flatness of the painting, jettisoning the illusion of depth. Grant Miller is not unique in heading off in the opposite direction, but his work creates depth with it's own peculiar energy and exuberance. He builds up transparent, semi-transparent and opaque layers to create something akin to atmospheric perspective in addition to the more obvious linear perspective formed by assorted frames, ladders and other architectural elements. The linear perspective of course obeys no ruling vanishing points, but heads off in innumerable directions while sinuous ribbons and amorphous blobs fall haphazardly amidst it all. At times it can feel like he's creating the illusion of not just a third dimension, but possibly a fourth and fifth as well. The looser more gestural forms look almost like something that a 5 dimensional baby spilled on it's fathers 4 dimensional schematic drawing. The layering is the real key to it all. The material and drawing that you don't see is as important, maybe more so, than the graphic pop-art elements floating around on the surface. That's where the real depth, that vague impression of non-euclidean geometry, springs from.
You can see more at his website: grantmillerart.com
or at Byron Cohen Gallery