H Hugh Miller

April 19 – June 14, 2016

Bio

Vanishing Horizons / Expanding Visions

In this fresh body of work, Miller explores the horizon – in Europe, Asia, America and Antarctica; on land and at sea; during day and at night. Miller describes the horizon as, “a vast space that we think of as just a line,” and, as “a place where what we see separates from what we imagine.” This vividly colored series of figurative and abstracted images raises questions about the seen and unseen at the reaches of our vision.

Washed in the cool shades of dawn and dusk, saturated with hot rays of golden light, and animated by sheens of reflection on water, Miller’s photographs draw viewers’ eyes into a world of visual depth and aesthetic complexity. In his landscapes, Miller captures textures that exist in symbiotic yet unexpected relationships all around us—they are silky and rough, smooth and jagged, soft and sharp—and all united by the line of forever, the insistent yet invisible horizon. Miller’s images envision both the dreamy fantasy of an untouched world of water, earth, wind, and fire, and the crisp reality of human intervention, by both hand and eye. He brings together the light and dark, the solid and liquid, the center and the edge, for a moment of exquisite reflection at a point that you know and you feel, if you cannot see.

Ice Cold 01, 2014; digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 36 x 72 in., edition 2/3

Ice Cold 02, 2014; digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 36 x 72 in., edition 1/3

Ice Cold 03, 2014; digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 36 x 72 in., edition 2/3

Ice Cold 04, 2014; digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 36 x 72 in., edition 1/3

 

Méditerranée

Méditerranée” introduces a series of photographs that capture the dance of light and color on land and sea of the French Riviera Coast. In different seasons and at different hours of the day, Miller presents familiar scenes in abstract and hyper-realistic design, freezing moments in time and place to frame lyrical compositions through the camera’s lens. The reflection of a colorful built shoreline in rippling water could be a canvas covered in with swirling oil paints, and a frosty barren landscape studded with iron poles could be a scene of matchstick shadow drama. Miller’s photographs play with perspective to often reverse the expected and forge new contrasts between material and immaterial elements, between reality and imagination. As Miller writes, “My pleasure in photography comes when someone smiles at one of my pictures and says, ‘I was there but never noticed that.’” “Méditerranée” introduces a series of photographs that capture the dance of light and color on land and sea of the French Riviera Coast. In different seasons and at different hours of the day, Miller presents familiar scenes in abstract and hyper-realistic design, freezing moments in time and place to frame lyrical compositions through the camera’s lens. The reflection of a colorful built shoreline in rippling water could be a canvas covered in with swirling oil paints, and a frosty barren landscape studded with iron poles could be a scene of matchstick shadow drama. Miller’s photographs play with perspective to often reverse the expected and forge new contrasts between material and immaterial elements, between reality and imagination. As Miller writes, “My pleasure in photography comes when someone smiles at one of my pictures and says, ‘I was there but never noticed that.’”

Méditerranée 095, 2009; archival Giclée print, 22 1/2 x 32 3/4 in., edition 1/5

Méditerranée Gold, 2013; digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 36 x 72 in., edition 3/3

Méditerranée Summer, 2013; digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 21 x 72 in., edition 2/3

 

Serenity in Snow

In this exhibition of Miller’s most recent photographic exploration, we are exposed to expanses of the natural landscape captured in dreamy shades of blue, gray, white, and brown. Frozen snowscapes and lone structures are depicted with both minimalism and profundity, moving viewers to look deeply into misty, wistful horizons that blur earth and sky.

Two large images feature Miller’s wintry snow scenes and another two present landscapes sculpted by dark ice. The range of silent serenity as expressed in the natural landscape creates a range of emotional experiences for the viewers, as well. One finds solace in the calm quiet of a snow-blanketed field, a space in which the poetic imagination can wander alone. Alternately, the blue icy landscapes on the opposite wall provoke visceral reactions, triggering memories in a search to find light in the shadows of these mysterious scenes. Uniting the work across the walls, however, is a shared language of visual poetics in which a single story is told—the story of an artist who encounters the unknowable, and treading lightly on new ground, captures a moment of vast beauty.

Serenity in Snow 01, 2014, digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 48 x 72 in., edition 1/3

Serenity in Snow 02, 2014, digital C-print with gallery plexiglass, 48 x 72 in., edition 1/3

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