Dan Miller: Large Drawings

7 June - 20 August 2010
Press release

Dan Miller’s work was shown in Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing (March 26 – July 7, 2008) at the Museum of Modern Art and is also in the permanent collection at MOMA.

Daniel Miller

Born 1961, Castro Valley, California


“Diagnosed with autism, and a few conventional verbal communication skills, Miller has developed an intensive body of work that employs language as its fundamental subject and departure-point.  His extraordinary drawings take the form of accumulations of descriptive texts, alphabets, and numerical sequences.  (The texts often have strong biographical references, e.g. acknowledging specific Bay Area locales, and aspects of his immediate day-to-day life and family history.)  Typically superimposed on top of one another, these individual words, numbers, and phrases start to merge, creating all-over fields of partially obscured and often illegible texts.

Juxtaposing formal methodologies (e.g. the use of indexical language and alphabetical and numerical systems, and repeated motifs such as light bulbs and books) 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.”

Matthew Higgs

White Columns

(September 12 – October 27, 2007)

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