IAN MILLER, GREENHILL POP-UP RESIDENT GIVES NEW MEANING TO SMALL-TOWN EXPERIENCES
(GREENSBORO, NC) Visit GreenHill to meet Pop-Up Residency artist, Ian Miller from Wednesday, October 24 through Fri., Nov. 2.
GreenHill exists to strengthen artist careers creatively and financially. Through the Pop-Up Residency program, GreenHill grants a 10-day residency to a selected North Carolina artist to create and showcase their works in the studios. Artists are energized by the interactions and visitors can deepen their experience at GreenHill by making connections between the works in the gallery and an artist’s creative process.
Ian Miller is an artist from Greensboro, North Carolina and has recently graduated with his BFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Primarily using acrylic, Miller creates paintings based on his experiences growing up in small southern towns. Miller takes many cues from early American Modernist painters such as Marsden Hartley, who often chose regional subject matter to construct their own kind of “world.”
Miller says “Currently I am interested in the ways in which my work can create new meanings and interpretations.” During his residency, Miller will continue this series of paintings. Lindsay DeBlasio, Art Educator at GreenHill, explains, “Ian is very texture oriented in his process; he really likes to explore textures though different methods of paint application. The way he does this is by working layer by layer. In between the layers, he lightly sands it down without removing the color, then building the layers on top.”
Miller has developed an on-going project entitled Randy’s Rentals, a video rental kiosk where participants can make DVD covers that are displayed on a shelf mimicking that of flea market DVD stand. Coinciding with his interest in small-town culture the aim of Randy’s Rentals is to blur the binary between high and low culture as well as subvert traditional ways of viewing art.
During his residency, Miller will be working in the studios where people can view his process. Part of the studios will showcase his installation project, where people can participate and observe. Miller’s residency open hours are Wednesday, October 24 through November 1, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Admission to GreenHill’s studios is $6/person. On First Friday, November 2nd from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, visitors can meet the artist, visit the gallery for live music, and design their own DVD case to display it Randy’s Rentals. First Friday admission is free, with a $5 donation suggested.
Materials stipend of $200 is provided for each selected Pop-Up artist as well as access to some of the resources of the studios. For more information about Pop-Up artist residencies at GreenHill visit www.greenhillnc.org/popup.
GreenHill, located in Downtown Greensboro, is a nonprofit visual art center with the vital mission to support and advocate for the art and artists of our home state, North Carolina. At GreenHill professional artists have meaningful opportunities throughout their careers to participate in a wide range of exhibitions. We provide economic support to artists through the sale of their art in our world-class galleries. Novice artists, from toddlers and young students to lifelong learners, can learn and stretch their creative muscles through our studio-based educational programs. Tap into your creative side by making art, purchasing original works of art and viewing exhibitions that inspire and pique your imagination. At GreenHill there is something for everyone. For more information visit www.GreenHillNC.org.