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Holly Miller

1958 Buffalo, NY, United States

12 Works exhibited

Current location

Brooklyn, NY

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  • About the Artist
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  • Bibliography

Holly Miller is an American abstract artist whose paintings strive to merge the optical with the tactile through the language of abstraction. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Education

Born in Buffalo, NY, the artist grew up in Rome, Italy in the late 60's and early 70's. Her grandmother, who used to come visit Holly and her family once in a while, would always take her to the museums to explore different masterpieces. During her high school years in NY, she had only one dream - to move back to the town where she spent her childhood. After graduation, the artist relocated to the Eternal City and took classes in History of Art and Italian literature at the Dante Alighieri school.

Aged twenty, the young artist moved back to the US to study drawing, painting and sculpture at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the year of 1984.


Technique

After a long journey of experimenting, the artist started getting involved with thread - a material that has properties of drawing yet is tactile and sculptural, that relates to canvas and carries endless metaphors. She began drawing with a long needle and thread instead of a pencil on canvas. She found a visual medium that combined drawing, painting and sculpture and yet remained simple and humble. She had achieved an economy that was reached through many years of exploring, taking risks, discovering and then discarding what wasn't absolutely necessary. By distilling her experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions, she has created an abstract personal language that has become the essence of her work.

"The act of stitching lines carries metaphors of puncturing and healing, connecting and disrupting, tearing and mending. The tiny pricks or stings remind us that everything that is beautiful or gentle can be slightly painful too. There lies the poetry in the work."

By combining repeated threaded lines with geometric shapes of color, her work conveys many dichotomies: reductive painting and craft, illusion and material, warm and cool, absence and presence, masculine and feminine, bold and subtle, perfection and imperfection...

The paintings have a physicality that is described through the monochromatic brush strokes and the punctured holes of the drawn lines that pierce the surface of the canvas, yet from a distance, they appear to be flat and suggest a fine line drawing. As one approaches the paintings an element of surprise is revealed and one is inspired to look closer and question the original assumption or expectation.


Inspiration

Upon graduation, the artist moved back to Italy once again. Most of her works from this period were inspired by Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele. However, four years later she felt that living in that beautiful city was like living in a Museum, so she realized that she had to change something in order for her to grow and expand as an artist; she needed a more current environment and a broader dialogue with other artists. She returned to NY where she established her roots as a female, contemporary American artist.

Communication through the touch (body language) has inspired her tactile abstract paintings. Miller's palette echoes the tones and hues of Italian industrial design from the 60's and 70's, while her shapes recall architecture and urban structures.

Her work has a huge affinity to Fontana's physical approach to his paintings and Burri's tactile manipulation of the painting's surface. Ellsworth Kelly's bold shapes and colors have resonated with her on a purely optical level. Agnes Martin's subtle, quiet, repetitive drawn lines, Fred Sandback's strong architectural, minimal fiber lines drawn in space, Eva Hesse's emotionally loaded structured webs, Richard Tuttle's quirky and fresh drawings and humble objects, Bridget Riley's dynamic, optical compositions have left a deep impression on Miller inspiring her to carve out her own voice in Abstraction.


Relevant quote

Deven Golden, New York art critic from Artcritical and Art Monkey Wrench, wrote about her work :
"So great effort is made in pursuit of uniformity, but it is human imperfection that is embraced and highlighted with each action... Holly Miller's practice offers a visual tactility we can see floating before us, but never touch"


Collections

The artist's works are displayed in public collections including Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina, University of Kentucky Art Museum, and Arkansas Arts Center.


Exhibitions

The artist has exhibited her work in solo shows in many galleries mostly on the US Coast and internationally in numerous group shows including the Serpentine Gallery, London and Miscetti Studio in Rome.

Solo Exhibitions


2015

ELIZABETH HARRIS Gallery New York , NY

2010

ELIZABETH HARRIS Gallery New York , NY

1999

CLEMENTINE Gallery New York, NY

1996

GINA FIORE SALON OF FINE ARTS New York, NY

1992

ARENA New York, NY

1986

Galleria STUDIO E Rome, Italy


Group Exhibitions

2018

"The possibilities of line", McKenzie Fine Art, New York City

2017

"Truth"  BRIC contemporary, Brooklyn NY
"Deck the walls" curated by Dee Shapiro, National Arts Club, NY
New gallery New work. summer group show Elizabeth Harris   NY

2016

Small works Biennial. curated by Don Nice. Garrison Art Center   Garrison, NY
Holly Miller & Gregory Montreuil "Dynamic Force / True Colors" Galerie du Tableau Marseille, France

2015

"Keep Out" Lesley Heller Workspace New York NY

2014

"Material way" curated by Kathleen Kucka, Sh irley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC New York NY

"Color as structure" , McKenzie Fine Art New York NY

2013

"Holiday delights" Elizabeth Harris New York NY

2011

"Group Show" Muriel Guepin Gallery New York NY

2010

 "Monumental/ Piccolin i" curated by Jenni fer Riley, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY

 "A Better Tomorrow" Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

2009

"By a thread" Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2008

"Linear manifestations" Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY

2004

"Trace Elements" curated by Kristen Frederickson KRISTEN FREDERICKSON GALLERY, New York, NY (catalog)

"Polytechnicolor" MICHAEL STEINBERG FINE ART New York, NY

2003

"The Summer of Lust" GEOFFREY YOU NG GALLERY, Great Barrington, MA

"Subtle" curated by Leslie H e ller THE WORKSPACE New York

"Finely Drawn" WEATHERSPOON ART GALLERY, Greensboro, NC

2000

"Miracle Whip" CLEMENTINE Gallery New York, NY

1998

"Loose Threads" curated by Lisa Corrin (Catalog) SERPENTINE Gallery London, UK

"Work on paper" NYLON Salon, L ondon, UK

" PIEROGI 2000 NY:The Flat Files" THE KUNSTLERHAUS, Vienna, Austria

1997

"Current Undercurrent" BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART, Brooklyn, NY

"Art on Paper" WEATHERSPOON ART GALLERY, Greensboro, NC (catalog)

PIEROGI 2000 Flatfiles THE CORNER HOUSE, Man chester, UK

"Drawer" GAS WORKS, London, UK

"White Out" curated by Theresa Hackett, THE WORKSPACE, New York, NY (catalog)

"Suture" curated by Annie Herron, THE ROTUNDA GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY

"Night of 1000 drawings" ARTIST SPACE, New York, NY

"Artist of the week" PIEROGI 2000, Brooklyn, NY

1994

"Modus Operandi" curated by Natalie Rivera, LEONORA VEGA GALLERY, New York, NY

1993

"Works on paper" ARENA, Brooklyn, NY

"Contemporary drawings Part II" ARENA, New York, NY

"TennisportArt" curat ed by Christian Haub, L.I. City, NY

1992

"Christian Haub, Melissa Kretschmer, Holly Miller, Charles Spurrier" ARENA, New York, NY

1989

Salle Drouot - Montaigne (Catalog), Paris, France

1988

Galleria STUDIO E, Rome, Italy

Broadway, Walker and White Gal lery, New York, NY

1987

Galleria STUDIO E, Rome, Italy

SALA UNO, Rome, Italy

1986

Galleria STUDIO E, Rome, Italy

"Capo D'Africa" Rome, Italy

1984

SVA Gallery New York,NY

1995

M/E/A/N/I/N/G #20, Contemporary Arts Issues 
M/E/A/N/I/N /G #16, Contemporary Arts Issues

1998

"LOOSE THREADS" Catalog, essay by Lisa Corrin

1999

"DICA 33" Poems by Antonella Villa , Art work by Holly Miller

Works by Holly Miller

Order by

2013

30.5 x 30.5 cm

1500,00 €

2013

28 x 28 cm

1500,00 €

2010

56 x 56 cm

2450,00 €

2007

35.6 x 35.6 cm

1700,00 €

2007

51 x 51 cm

2200,00 €

2013

25.4 x 25.4 cm

1450,00 €

2013

25.4 x 25.4 cm

1450,00 €

2014

122 x 122 cm

5100,00 €

2014

51 x 51 cm

2250,00 €

2017

30.5 x 30.5 cm

1500,00 €

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