SPACE Gallery is proud to present Mendacious Veracity, a colorful, spacially dictative exhibition by Liz Miller, an artist currently residing in Good Thunder, MN.
Through mixed media installations and works on paper, Liz Miller creates elaborate, abstract fictions that incorporate fragments of reality. The elegant, lacy silhouettes of imagery from sources such as firearms, killer bees, and deadly plants are spliced with imagined forms to create sculptural interludes that are absurd, menacing, and poetic. Pattern and tactility confuse and complicate identification, camouflaging recognizable forms and evoking recognition when applied to non-objective forms. The tensions between fact/fiction and dimensionality/flatness are endlessly fascinating to her, playing out in her work as a dialogue between reality and illusion, while conflating fantasy and fiction.
For SPACE Gallery in Portland, she is creating a landscape of non-objective, draping textile forms interspersed with and responding to rigid, rectilinear platforms anchored at various levels throughout the space. The play between hard and soft materials, and the materials’ various surface qualities and relatively low-tech construction methods, reinforces the artifice of the sculptural environment, reminding viewers that any illusion is fleeting. While the forms in the installation are not instantly recognizable, and don’t bear reference to one specific set of imagery, they can certainly be read as beautiful, absurd, poetic, and even menacing. The alternate interpretations and possibilities in these seemingly simple shapes is a continual source of inspiration. The viewer completes the experience, becoming a participant in a large-scale fiction, moving through the work’s various facets as an actor on a stage set, each audience member a character in a beautiful impossibility.
Come celebrate with Liz Miller at SPACE gallery for the First Friday Artwalk on Friday, November 11th, beginning at 5pm!
This event is FREE and open to the public.