John Miller

John Miller is an artist, critic, and musician, whose work has undermined the rigid strategies of conceptual art since the early 1980s.

In 2008 Miller began gilding junk using gold leaf in his wall reliefs and standing sculptures. Gold architectural objects and household items arouse a primal attraction to metallic glimmer; the eye is drawn, magpie-like, to the glinting surfaces. However, upon closer inspection, the gold-covered objects appear cheap and even somewhat apocalyptic. Playing on authenticity and falsity, the works demonstrate Miller’s ambivalence towards capitalism and the value of art in consumer culture.

Artist’s works have been on display in a large number of museums and art institutions all over the world:
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva
Carnegie Mellon Museum, Pittsburg, PA
Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt
Frac Limousin, Limousin, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Pangea Consortium, Zurich
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Queensboro Community College Gallery Collection, New York
Rehazentrum Lubben, Berlin
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

John Miller

  • John Miller - A BRIDGE OF TRADITION,  GROUP 1

    A BRIDGE OF TRADITION, GROUP 1
    2009
    Dimensions Variable, Imitation gold leaf, assorted objects, fiberglass
    Edition 2/2,
    Exhibired: Other example - Rubell Family Collection - Expo1: NEW YORK, MoMA PS1, 10/2013;
    Co–thinkers, Garage Museum of Сontemporary Art, Moscow, 2016

  • John Miller - A BRIDGE OF TRADITION, GROUP 1

    A BRIDGE OF TRADITION, GROUP 1
    2009
    Dimensions Variable, Imitation gold leaf, assorted objects, fiberglass
    Edition 2/2,
    Exhibited: Other example - Rubell Family Collection - Expo1: NEW YORK, MoMA PS1, 10/2013;
    Co–thinkers, Garage Museum of Сontemporary Art, Moscow, 2016

  • A BRIDGE OF TRADITION, GROUP 1

    A BRIDGE OF TRADITION, GROUP 1
    2009
    Dimensions Variable, Imitation gold leaf, assorted objects, fiberglass
    Edition 2/2,
    Exhibited: Other example - Rubell Family Collection - Expo1: NEW YORK, MoMA PS1, 10/2013;
    Co–thinkers, Garage Museum of Сontemporary Art, Moscow, 2016

  • John Miller - The Temple

    The Temple
    2006
    MDF, styrofoam, plaster, papier mache, plastic fruit, plastic and metal kitchen utensils, construction adhesive, composite (metal alloy) gold leaf, and mirrors
    4 sections, each part - 144,8 x 86,4 x 152,4 cm

    Exhibitions
    "John Miller, Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli", Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - Jun 2014

  • John Miller - Lost Years

    Lost Years
    2008
    Imitation gold leaf on assorted objects on a hollow-core panel
    172,7 x 167,6 x 38,1 cm
    (detail)

  • John Miller - The Succession of Planes Gives No Impression of Depth

    The Succession of Planes Gives No Impression of Depth
    2009
    Imitation gold leaf, assorted objects, fiberglass,
    216 x 40 x 162 cm
    (detail)

  • John Miller - An Abdication of Logical Thinking

    An Abdication of Logical Thinking
    2009
    Assorted objects, plaster, paper mache and imitation gold leaf on panel
    121,9 x 106,7 x 38,1 cm

  • John Miller - A Multiform Environment

    A Multiform Environment
    2007
    Gold leaf on assorted plastic objects, plaster, papier mache and styrofoam on hollow-core panel
    127 x 83,8 x 33 cm

  • John Miller - Big Love

    Big Love
    2009
    Assorted objects, plaster, paper mache
    and imitation gold leaf on panel, 182.9x127x48.3 cm

    Exhibitions
    "John Miller, Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli", Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - Jun 2014
    "Co-thinkers", Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Jul - Sep 2016

  • John Miller - Seventh Heaven

    Seventh Heaven
    2008
    Composite metallic leaf over assorted objects, papier mache,
    plaster and styrofoam on wood panel
    170,18 x 134,62 x 66,04 cm

  • John Miller - Cyclists

    Cyclists
    2013
    Acrylic on styrofoam and wood panels
    2 parts:
    101,6 x 96,5 x 3,8 cm
    114,3 x 55,8 x 3,8 cm

    Exhibitions
    "John Miller, Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli", Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - Jun 2014

    Publications
    Catalogue. "John Miller, Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli",
    Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2014, p. 96

  • John Miller - Lunch Bags

    Lunch Bags
    2013
    Acrylic on styrofoam and wood panels
    3 parts:
    119,3 x 119,3 x 3,8 cm,
    54,61 x 50,8 x 3,8 cm,
    57,15 x 53,3 x 3,8 cm

    Exhibitions
    "John Miller, Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli", Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - Jun 2014

    Publications
    Catalogue. "John Miller, Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli",
    Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2014, p. 96