Liz Miller: “Recalcitrant Mimesis” at David B. Smith Gallery
art ltd. Magazine, Michael Paglia
March/April 2012, p. 31
“….To celebrate its opening,the Clyfford Still Museum partnered with select regional museums and galleries to present shows that pay homage to Still. Most of these exhibits focus on abstract painting, which makes Liz Miller’s “Recalcitrant Mimesis” at the David B. Smith Gallery the most unusual of the lot in that it’s anchored by a spectacular and monumental installation….”
We were delighted to receive a review by Michael Paglia for Liz Miller’s current exhibition Recalcitrant Mimesis. Paglia states, “…The whole thing is spectacular, and I stopped dead in my tracks when I walked through the gallery’s front door and took it all in…”
“The November opening of the Clyfford Still Museum has invigorated the local art scene in Denver, CO, but long before the commotion, David B. Smith Gallery has consistently provided the region with cutting-edge contemporary art. As part of a city-wide initiative to celebrate the opening of the Still museum, the gallery enlisted the help of Liz Miller. The mixed-media artist crafted an exhibition that pays respect to the great abstract expressionist by venturing beyond mere tribute and keeping Still’s rebellious spirit intact.
Miller turned the gallery space into a navigable jungle for Recalcitrant Mimesis, featuring an immaculate installation and delicate works employing a variety of materials. “Mimesis,” meaning mimicry or superficial resemblance, accurately represents the work and how Still’s influence is merely a stepping stone rather than a bible.
The work takes thematic cues from Still, such as his palette and lively brush strokes, transforming them through the use of new media. And yet, while on the surface it references Still, Miller manages to create her own distinct experience. The work accompanying the installation clearly shows Miller’s perspective, leaving the viewer striving to contextualize the forms while failing to mutter a single thought. There are elements that are familiar, but making total sense out of the figures would be a fruitless and frankly misguided task to take on.
Though Miller’s works with pre-existing shapes, her removal of forms from their original context creates a world free of presumption. Though it is technically a collaborative effort by the Still museum and the gallery, “Recalcitrant Mimesis” is capable of standing on its own two feet, enjoying the sunlight as opposed to existing in Still’s shadow.”
“One of the fringe benefits of having the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver is all of the sideshows that will come along as part of the package, starting with Liz Miller’s site-specific installation “Recalcitrant Mimesis” now at the David B. Smith Gallery. Miller uses Still’s expressive brushstrokes as inspiration for her paper-based constructions. Unlike Still’s work, they bounce off the walls in three-dimensional form. But they share his spirit and his expressive choices of shapes and colors.“
The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the twenty-five recipients of the 2011 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program in the amount of $25,000 each. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality, and “are under-recognized for their artistic achievements.”
The candidates’ images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in November at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts educators.
This coming January, David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Recalcitrant Mimesis, a site-specific installation by Liz Miller in association with the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado.
David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to share Liz Miller’s most recent installation at the 1708 Gallery – a non-profit art space in Richmond, Virginia. We look forward to hosting an exhibition with the artist in January, 2012 in conjunction with the grand opening of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado.