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SIDE A CURTIS MILLER

Video courtesy of Hamiltonian Artists

CURTIS MILLER was born in Corsicana Texas in 1979. Growing up in Texas, Curtis relocated from Austin to Baltimore in 2011 to attend Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting (2013). He has exhibited his paintings throughout Texas at K Space Contemporary, Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, Joan Grona Gallery, The South Texas Art Museum, and the Art Center of Corpus Christi. In Baltimore, Curtis has exhibited his paintings at Terrault Contemporary, City Arts, Maryland Art Place, John Fonda Gallery, Jordan Faye Contemporary, and Platform Gallery. He also exhibited his work at Marianne Boesky Gallery and The Painting Center in NYC and is a previous Sondheim Prize semi-finalist. Currently, Curtis is a second year fellow at the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship and he lives and works in Baltimore, MD with his wife, 7 year-old daughter, and 1 year-old dog named Twig.

L: Nutshell 10-15, 2017, marble dust gesso, pigment, acrylic, gouache, oil, veneer on panel, 31" X 34"; R: Nutshell 2-12, 2019, Marble Dust Gesso, pigment, acrylic, gouache, oil, veneer on panel, 31"X 35"

My paintings are as much built as they are painted. I think of them as stages that allow paint to exist in different contexts. The majority of my content/imagery is developed during the building of the ground using marble dust gesso tinted with dispersion pigment. Building a ground can take weeks to finish. The painting process is typically much faster. Sometimes the paint further supports/participates in the composition; Sometimes there are places designated simply for paint to be paint. I want the viewer to be rewarded for their time spent looking at my work, and especially for moving closer. I want my work to convey to the viewer the process of making itself, and perhaps suggest they, too, could participate.

Top: L: Mind Mirrors 2-15, 2019; R: Trap 2 2-20, 2019;  Bottom: L: Two Jacks 11-12, 2018; R: Ten Eleven Stack 11-27, 2018

 

 

 

My work is materials-focused, and a lot of the planning for each painting

is dictated according to what is possible with the materials I'm using.

Making work is difficult for me right now [during “quarantine”]. My studio is located in the basement of our home and considering my family is now also working/going to school from home, dedicating focused time to working is hard.

I am currently focused on work that requires less process– works on paper and compositions planned digitally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIDE B
CURTIS/ART ENABLES

The mix below features Curtis’ work alongside works he chose by our resident artists: Dennis Quillin, Jamila Rahimi, and Eileen Schofield. Click an image to view more info about the work.

Jamila Rahimi

Curtis Miller

Jamila Rahimi

Eileen Schofield

Curtis Miller

Curtis Miller

Dennis Quillin

Curtis Miller

Curtis Miller

Jamila Rahimi

Jamila Rahimi

Curtis Miller

Eileen Schofield

Curtis Miller

Curtis Miller

Eileen Schofield

Dennis Quillin

RECOMMENDED READING

Relic 9-20, 2019, marble dust gesso, oil, acrylic on panel,  16.5” X 19.5”

 

My reading list consists of books and articles I have read in the past that remain relevant to my current practice, as well as a few things I keep at hand while I am working day to day in my studio.

 

Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols

 

Robert Hobbs, “Jonathan Lasker’s Dramatis Personae

 

David Humphrey, Blind Handshake

 

Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya,  Inside The Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature 1920-1935, Beautiful Books, Terrible Times

 

Panel discussion: “Painting in 2020”

 

Jack Whitten, Jack Whitten: Notes From The Woodshed

 

Gwen White, Dolls of The World

PLAYLIST

I regularly search for new music while working in my studio. Podcasts, Music Blogs, and Spotify radio are just a few examples of places I frequently visit. While most of my playlist is newer music, occasionally, I will come across older songs that are relevant to the current music I am looking for. The playlist included is the most recent example of what I have collected.

 

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SURFACE COLLECTION

Painting influences how I perceive the world and view things most people would consider irrelevant, particularly while I traverse through everyday spaces. For example, I take a lot of pictures of objects/material embedded in the grocery store parking lot. My intent is not to communicate these experiences directly, but rather how they can be replicated with paint.

Double Edge 2-5, 2020, marble dust gesso, oil, acrylic on panel, 35.5” X 40.5”

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SECRET TRACK

My 7 year old daughter loves to draw. Currently, her favorite drawings to make are of human figures – mainly females in dresses, sometimes with blood on their faces. Seen here are some of her more recent drawings/creations that I’ve collected and keep in my studio. Her drawings and freedom to create without overthinking inspire various aspects of the work I make.