Diagnosed with Autism, and possessed of few conventional verbal communications skills, Miller has developed an extensive body of work that employs language as its fundamental subject and departure-point. His extraordinary drawings take the form of accumulations of descriptive text, alphabets, and numerical sequences. The texts often have strong biographical references, for example, acknowledging specific Bay Area locales, and aspects of his immediate day-to-day life and family history. Typically superimposed in layers, these individual words, numbers and phrases begin to merge, creating allover fields of partially obscured and often illegible texts. Juxtaposing formal methodologies with dynamic, yet highly disciplined drawing and mark-making, Miller’s drawings intuitively combine both conceptual and expressive approaches, to create a truly idiosyncratic hybrid form.
Dan Miller’s work was shown in “Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing” (March 26 – July 7, 2008) at the Museum of Modern Art. His work is also in the permanent collection at MOMA.
Creative Growth, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Artnet article by N.F. Karlins
Time Out New York, July 1-7, 2010 issue
Fluence magazine by Ricco/Maresca, May/June 2010 issue
Dan Miller, Large Paintings by Michael Hall