Untitled, by John Miller, 1990

John Miller Untitled, 1990

Medium: Styrofoam, found objects, plaster, papier-mâché, acrylic on Masonite
Dimensions: 60 x 48 x 14 in. (152.4 x 121.9 x 35.6 cm)
Credit Line: Courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Image courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts

John Miller is perhaps most recognized for a series of brown relief paintings that he began to make in the mid-1980s. Built up from a thick impasto, many of these paintings are a chocolaty, fecal mess of inchoate mounds, formed from objects buried just below the surface. In this untitled relief, chunks, wedges, and balls adhere like growths to the canvas. Miller used the thickened paint to form intentional, self-conscious brushstrokes that simultaneously enact and function as a caricature for the creative process in allegories of neo-expressionism.


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"Untitled." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​hammer.ucla.edu/​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​untitled-miller-1990/​.