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Gallery Exhibit—Cedar Crest College
Remy Miller: “Theme and Correspondence”
Allentown, Pa. (Feb. 22, 2010)—Cedar Crest College presents an exhibition of the paintings and drawings of artist Remy Miller, titled “Theme and Correspondence,” from March 18 through April 16 in Lachaise Gallery of the Miller Family Building, with an artist reception and talk scheduled for March 18, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Miller said he is fascinated by some of the great painters, including Degas, Cezanne and Van Gogh, and the way they are able to step outside of themselves and create work that transcends the apparent contradictions that are present. For example, it is widely believed that Degas held women in contempt, yet his paintings show sensitivity to their reality that belies this hatred. Miller said he strives to bring the same level of professionalism to his own work.
“I have had to come to terms with the contradictions and paradoxes that inhabit my work. There are themes I never meant to pursue and those I have actively pursued with no success. There is also the fact that my drawings are exclusively representational, whereas the paintings are mostly abstract,” he said. “I have taken as my model great painters, like those mentioned above and many others. By their example I have tried to free myself from clichéd notions of consistency, style, purity, originality, art-world relevance and other false goals. The only thing that matters in painting and drawing is quality.”
Miller holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting from University of Connecticut and a master of fine arts in painting (minor in drawing) from Bowling Green State University. He is currently employed as a professor at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tenn., where he has taught since 1987.
Miller has exhibited his work in shows in galleries, alternative spaces, schools and museums across the United States. He has been artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland and at the McNamara Foundation in Maine.
The “Theme and Correspondence” exhibit is free and open to the public. The Lachaise Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., as well as by appointment. For an appointment or additional information contact Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.
Image caption: The Walk Home acrylic/collage on canvas 71.25 x 90.5 x 3.5” January 2010
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