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Woodgrain and Gradients

Improv Song, diptych, 48″ x 23.875″ x .5″, acrylic on plywood, completed February, 2016

© Steve Miller 2016

My new painting on plywood is a diptych which builds off of the woodgrain landscape series. The woodgrain still serves as compositional parameters. However, my intent is to work more graphically pushing the work further away from representation. Instead of using earth tones to describe a landscape, I am referring back to my bolder color palette; once again playing with bright gradients, which are counter directional. Sanding off layers of color and reapplying them creates depth in a new way for me. The natural wood tones become embroidered between broken color. The intent is to create a sense of rhythm and playfulness for the viewer. For me, working within self-imposed rules, trusting in an organic genesis, and sometimes ignoring traditional modes of representing forms in space, I hope to discover something new about painting.

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Ofrenda Proposal

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Although our ofrenda wasn’t selected this year to be included in the DIA’s dia de los muertos exhibition, I still would like to share with you our concept.

Thank you Alex Goecke and Al Bodrie for being awesome collaborators and artists. If anyone is interested in funding this, we can build it.

 

Description of our concept

 

“Our ofrenda to the iconic musician and New Yorker, Lou Reed, will be a monumental altar in the form of the Empire State Building, celebrating his life and work as well as his profound influence on contemporary music.  Stylistically, the ofrenda will embrace a mash-up of 1960s pop art and Mexican folk art.  Neon lighting will illuminate the entire piece from within, including a subterranean “Velvet Underground,” backlit graphic images in the windows and a “Viva Lou” script above the building.”