Embracing an experimental painting practice, Miller’s work relies on deeply textured, bold, expressionist brushstrokes, and a decade of material innovation. Non-plussed by fads or –isms, Miller embraces dissonance, with raised brushstrokes, anachronistic color and dense gestures that tease the eye. His raw, underworked aesthetic is the result of a time-consuming process: Miller builds each piece through an idiosyncratic dance of reductive and additive processes: gelling paint and melting foam, building and collapsing layers--repeated for weeks or months--the resulting pocks in the ground and raised surface of each brushstroke are often a springboard for the addition of yet more collapsed shapes, that add dimensionality until the painting pushes towards sculpture. The artist fondly recalls watching a Styrofoam cup disintegrate from his mother’s nail polish. Years later, during his graduate studies, Miller recreated this happy accident on a painted polystyrene ground, which has led to the dogged pursuit of an unorthodox painting methodology, uniquely his own.
Miller’s studio is like a nest, an extension of himself; the act of storing completed artwork, has in itself become an act of discovery, leading the artist to suspend paintings from the ceiling, and make significantly larger hybrid painting/sculptures, and brighter more chromatic work—as if in an effort to get more attention amongst earlier incarnations. The artist continues to push the possibilities of pigment transfer, melting colored foam on thick sheets of paper, with alluring ghost images. Once you enter his world, its impossible not to appreciate the effort and magnitude of his oeuvre.
Matt Miller earned his MFA in painting from Pratt Institue and a BFA from Michigan State University. His work has been included in shows in New York including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Storefront Ten Eyck, 106 Green, Active Space, and the Loom (all Brooklyn) as well as Bravin Lee Programs, Hal Bromm Gallery and Art in General (Manhattan), Concepto (Hudson, NY) and Jon Frum (Los Angeles). Recent press has included Arts In Bushwick, NY Arts Magazine, and ArtSlant among others.