Barry Whistler Gallery presents Michael Miller: "Always - The Large Canvases" opening reception

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Michael Miller: "Always - The Large Canvases"
Michael Miller, Paradise, 2001, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 73 inches. Photo courtesy of Barry Whistler Gallery

Barry Whistler Gallery will present Michael Miller’s seventh solo exhibition at the gallery, "Always: The Large Canvases." Miller, who passed away in 2016, taught for 25 years at Texas A&M University, Commerce. Miller’s bold narrative canvases and works on paper incorporated found materials, text, and appropriated imagery.

These aspects of his work profoundly influenced his former student, Doyle Hancock; who received his BFA from A&M Commerce. Four of the canvases included in the show dating from 2000 to 2001 are among the largest works Miller completed. They’re less layered, resulting in an almost “bare” quality with large spaces of raw canvas showing beneath the paint, and still, they make use of the iconic imagery identified with Miller.

In preparation for his works on paper and canvas from 2007-2010, Miller had his studio assistants collect fabric from WalMart clearance bins and spread the mix-matched fabric over his chosen platform. He then tackled the works individually while still considering the neighboring pieces and the interaction between them as a whole, often thinking of how they will cooperate with one another.

Miller’s work was often deduced from memories; snapshot like views of tucked away visuals such as a passing truck, parking lots, or billboards. He was energized by visual havens like WalMart and the quintessential imagery that became associated with them. Miller’s professors such as Jürgen Partenheimer and Bob Arneson, the larger art community, and artists such as Sigmar Polk, heavily impacted his work.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through October 12.

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Barry Whistler Gallery
315 Cole St. #120
Dallas, TX 75207


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Admission is free.