Brad Miller American, b. 1950

Biography

Constantly reconfiguring nature’s most persistent ordering systems is central to my work. Close packing, cracking, dendritic systems, and spirals are a few of these familiar images. When systems move between order and disorder, in the dynamic middle ground of changing pattern, I find my muses.

 

With time, it became apparent to me that a handful of these physical manifestations have for thousands of years been internalized and transformed into content laden symbols throughout all of art history.  Today’s technologies push the limits of seeing into and out to the edges of the universe. These new views continually confirm that familiar patterns are found at all levels of explored scales of time and space. My intention is to permeate my work with these timeless and familiar symbols as they dance between order and chaos.

Brad Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene. Using wood, ceramics, and paper for both their physical and conceptual properties, Miller is interested in capturing organic systems through the creation of abstract representations. Miller has had solo exhibitions at Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO; Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR; Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; and Campo S. Angelo, Venice, Italy. Group exhibitions include Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA; Houston Center for Crafts, Houston, TX; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA; and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1994) and his work is included in the public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Born in New York, NY in 1950, Brad Miller now lives and works in Venice Beach, CA.

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