Expo en col·laboració amb +KRIS GRAVES PROJECTS, NYC
Greg Miller began the series County Fair in 2005, after happening upon the National Date Festival in Indio, California. The common photographic themes prevalent at fairs like the kitsch, the animals and the carnival workers were not interesting to Miller. Instead, it was the fair’s piazza-like orientation that recalled for Miller the experience of photographing in Italy, which he had been doing on and off for five years prior. That first day in Indio he was struck by the ephemeral relationships forming among the people walking around the enclosed space of the fairgrounds. Miller began photographing these peculiar relationships, allowing the fair to be only a backdrop, and fell in love.
Greg Miller (American, b.1967)
While maintaining a commercial photography career that began in 1988, Miller has produced several bodies of personal work including photographs from County Fairs, Marching Band Camps and Ash Wednesday. In 2008, he was awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Since 2001, he has taught regularly at The International Center of Photography in New York. Miller received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1990.
ARRANGEMENT IN GREEN AND BLACK:
PORTRAIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S
This series had serendipitous beginnings. I found a small print of Whistler’s painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend, I found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950’s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from Whistler’s painting. That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details.
The series incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting. It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant formula for the composition.
My patient 85 year-old mother posed in over 20 ensembles, but unfortunately passed away before seeing the finished series. I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together.
The images were taken with a Hasselblad and printed on Ilford warm tone matt paper in two sizes, 11x14 and 16x20. It is an edition of 25 with 4 Artist’s Proofs.