The first solo museum exhibition of Los Angeles artist Christopher Miles, Bloom features recent works constructed out of acrylic paint and paper over aluminum armatures—a kind of ambitious update of the papier-mâché method. Bridging painting and sculpture, the works formally address Miles’ combined preoccupations with three-dimensional form and forming, material presence and spatial actuality, texture and surface, as well as color, mark, light, and visual effect. The exhibition stems from the artist’s ongoing interests in sculpture as constructed form and the expressive potential of sculpture—interests that he has explored in his ceramic sculptures. Abstract yet evocative, and riddled with crevices, openings, and protrusions that compel viewers to bob and weave while looking, the sculptures are designed to be engaging and confronting from all angles. Miles examines the peripatetic experience of sculpture, the evocative and associative potential of form, and the pleasure that comes with exploring the relationship between exterior and interior. The sculptures immerse the viewer in an awareness of the present that shifts from one moment to the next and provokes an experience that unfolds not only in time and space, but also in the viewer’s associations.
This exhibition is curated by Constance Mallinson. This exhibition is supported by the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Christopher Miles, Untitled (Vincent Price Oppenheimer Mullican) [detail], 2012. Acrylic, paper, aluminum, 51 x 54 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Cecily Miles.
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3pm / In Dialogue
Curator Constance Mallinson and artist Christopher Miles discuss Miles' abstract yet evocative sculptures.