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KYLE MILLER

KYLE MILLER

Artist Work

yet (threshold)
2007
neon, velvet
9'x15'x2'
view of thesis installation
2007
mixed
variable
monkey see monkey do (detail of monitorstand)
2007
steel, wood, monitor, dvd player
66"x14"x14"
itsnotyouitsme
2007
mirror, text, aluminum
48"x60"
empty room (for Robert Morris)
2006
wood, plasterboard, audio, speakers, receiver, cd player
84"x48"x48" variable

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My approach to my ideas comes from a desire and willingness for my own self-improvement, as well as, critically examining the social constructs of contemporary culture by addressing issues of neurosis, self-awareness, the body, human intelligence and communication. I use words or short phrases in the form of text on a mirror or in a recording of my voice as part of a sound sculpture. In this context, the words are sparse and vague with tainted syntax, evoking uneasiness in the viewer, heightening their self- awareness, physically, emotionally and spatially. Residing in a limbo space of uncertainty, the physicality of the words has as much meaning as the literal meaning of the spoken or written word. The work is experiential, in that the viewer has to get involved with the physicality and the temporalness of the work by listening, seeing their mirrored reflection, and physically moving around the piece, becoming part of the work in order to read the ideas. My work is influenced by my interests in language, concrete poetry, sociology, film, and ambient and techno electronic music. The work is given enough space between each sculptural element so as to not clutter the plane in which the concept and the object-hood can mesh. I then provide the viewer with an experience that is personal and yet comments on broader archetypal patterns and sociological issues, such as, hierarchies, the environment, right brain/left brain dualism, blame versus guilt, dogmas, spirituality, and ideologies.