John Miller, Artist
Everything Is Said 21
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Painter, Inc. Image courtesy of the artist
John Miller's recent series of paintings titled Everything Is Said depicts people crying on reality TV shows. The faces of the figures, rendered in shades of gray against simple backgrounds, are tightly framed, emphasizing their contorted expressions and hyperbolic loss of composure. The paintings draw our attention to the contemporary compulsion for people to divulge their private lives and say "everything" on national television but leave open any judgment as to the humanity or inhumanity of this aspect of common culture.