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Michael Miller
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: As a 2014 visiting artist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, I am currently focusing on disruptive - "dazzle"- camouflage applied to ships during the First and Second World Wars.

Dazzle camouflage constitutes a visual paradox whereby concealment is achieved through the very act of revealing. It is this paradox that lies at the heart of my current series of paintings. Revelation and concealment are inherent elements of the painting process: at every stage in this process the artist makes both conscious and unconscious decisions to include and exclude elements based on a range of criteria: social, political, aesthetic, philosophical, psychological and, in some cases, commercial. The incorporation of elements of dazzle camouflage in this series of paintings can be understood as a metaphor for the process of painting itself. Each work asks the viewer to consider not only what is revealed, but also what is concealed. This relationship between the seen and unseen, between that which is constituted and that which is destroyed, is underlined by the interplay of transparency and opacity in these works, and by ambiguity in the representation of space, the construction of depth and the definition of volumes.

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ARTIST RESUME:


TRAINING IN PAINTING AND DRAWING
Sept. 2010-May 2013: Art Students League of New York, USA.
Courses: “Painting, Colour, Design and Composition” with Larry Poons (Sept. 2010 – February 2012); “Abstracting from the Image” with Frank O’Cain (Oct. 2010 – May 2012); “Painting and Colour Composition” with Kikuo Saito (March – May 2012); “Combined Media, Assemblage, Art in three Dimensions” with Bruce Dorfman (September 2012 – May 2013).
2007-09: IFAGE, Geneva, Switzerland.
“Dessin: académie et personages”, academic drawing and sketching.
2005: Private classes, Florence, Italy.
Classes in acrylic painting with Paulo Frosecchi, Florentine modernist painter.
2004-2005: LABORARTE, Florence, Italy.
Oil painting with LABORARTE painting collective.
2002-2004: Liceo Artistico Leon Battista Alberti, Florence, Italy.
Academic drawing of the human form.

ACADEMIC EDUCATION
1993-2000: European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
Doctor of the European Institute in History and Civilization. PhD thesis (published), “Urban Planning, Protest and the Representation of Place: France and Great Britain, 1950-1980”. Included 1 year as ERASMUS visiting researcher at the Ecole des hautes études en science sociales, Paris, France.
1991-92: Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK.
MA with distinction, Urban History.
1985-89: University of Edinburgh, UK.
MA with honours, Geography. Included 1 year as visiting student at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

MEMBERSHIP
April 2011-present: member of the Art Students League of New York, USA.
April 2012-present: board member of SONYA (South of the Navy Yards Artists), Brooklyn, New York, USA.
April 2013–present: member of the New York Artists Circle, New York, USA.

AWARDS
January –December 2014: Visiting artist, Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, USA;
February 2013: Jury’s “red dot” award (best in show), ASLNY Concours, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Art Students League of New York, New York, USA;
May 2012: The Henri Matisse Estate Merit Scholarship from the Art Students League of New York, New York, USA;
February 2012: Jury’s “red dot” award (best in show), ASLNY Concours, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Art Students League of New York, New York, USA.
 








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