19 April 2008 - 24 May 2008
Opening Reception 19 April 2008 8pm
Artist Talk: Liz Miller in conversation with Bill Clarke: 7PM
“Liz Miller is interested in systems – political, natural, technological and social. Her work reflects how systems are visually represented, how they interact with each other and what happens when they fail. For example, consider the tornado that transports Dorothy to Oz. When L. Frank Baum wrote the story in 1900, and when the film was made in 1939, storm tracking via satellite systems didn’t exist. Today, of course, they do. “Storm radar imagery is a beautiful visual representation of systems that wreak havoc and devastation,” says Miller. “The deadlier the storm, the more intricate and interesting the radar imagery is.”
Miller’s approach is similar to contemporaries Assume Vivid Astro Focus and Ryan McGuiness, whose eye-popping and boldly graphic installations critique systems of information distribution.” – Bill Clarke, exhibition brochure.
Liz Miller received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions featuring Miller’s large-scale installations include Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (CO) and Sioux City Art Center (IA). She has participated in group exhibitions at venues including South Bend Regional Museum of Art (IN), Fieldgate Gallery (London), and the Soap Factory (Minneapolis). Miller recently completed a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, and is the recipient of a 2007 MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowship. She lives and works in Good Thunder, MN and teaches drawing at nearby Minnesota State University-Mankato.
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Mercer Union gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council