Nathan Miner: The Long Now
June 19 – August 14, 2014
Artist Talk: Thursdays at 4:30pm
Saturday Open Studio: August 2 & 9, 1-5pm
Nathan Miner, Emergence Sketch 3
Nathan Miner, Emergence #2, 2011, Mixed media on paper
Nathan Miner, Indra's Net #1, 2014, Mixed media on aluminum panel
Nathan Miner, Indra's Net #1 (Paper Study), 2014, Paper Study
Nathan Miner, Indra's Net #2, 2014, Mixed media on aluminum panels
Nathan Miner, Untitled, 2011, Mixed Media on aluminum panels
Nathan Miner, Field Reflections #1 (Digital Sketch), 2012, Digital Sketch
Nathan Miner, Field Reflections #1 (Paper Study), 2012, Paper Study
Nathan Miner, Field Reflections #1 , 2012, Mixed media on aluminum panel
Nathan Miner, Field Reflections #2 (Paper Study), 2013, Paper Study
Nathan Miner, Field Reflections #2, 2013, Mixed media on aluminum panels
This summer Boston-based artist Nathan Miner will be artist-in-residence on the Montserrat campus for a major solo-exhibition: The Long Now. Over the course of two months, from June 19th to August 14th, Miner will use the main gallery as his studio, creating two new large experimental paintings and exhibiting five previously completed large-scale works. The public is invited to follow Minerís progress as he creates his new works during open studio hours, every Tuesday thru Thursday from 10-4pm and Saturday, August 2 & 9, 1-5pm. The artist will also participate in a weekly artist talk, Thursdays at 4:30pm.
Leonie Bradbury, Gallery Director and Curator, is looking forward to launching this summerís residency because it will reveal the studio process. For two months, visitors will be able to view Minerís evolving, generative process. His mixed media practice consists of traditional drawing, painting, digital manipulation and sketching. The artist begins with a pencil sketch and digital photos. Each are scanned and compiled into a single, multi-layered Photoshop file. Miner then prints out the composited image on large-scale watercolor paper. He continues to work directly on its surface using watercolor and Japanese ink.
Miner prints the composited image across multiple large sheets of watercolor paper and mounts these to aluminum panels in order to create a uniform surface at a mural-scale. He then begins again working the entire surface by hand with pencil, watercolor, gouache, airbrush and acrylic paint. After many layers of these media the artist seals the surface with shellac and finishes the work with oil paint. Within the scope of these works the viewer is engulfed not only by a large canvas, but also by a visual terrain compounding the history of Minerís decision making. The scale and layers of detail provoke a shift from passive observer to active participant, encouraging entrance into the abstract landscapes that echo our reality.
At some point he scans this mixed media composition into the computer again and the process continues. The individually printed panels are adhered to a metal substructure joined together to forms works at a mural-scale. The viewer is engulfed not by a large canvas, but a terrain that compounds the history of Minerís decision making. As a result viewers will shift from the role of observer to that of active participant, allowing them to enter the constructed landscapes that echo our reality.
In the end each layer is a deliberate visual decision. Bradbury describes each composition as, ďreminiscent of the many layers of rock, sand, and sediment that form the geological layers of the earthís surface.Ē Minerís final work connects his practice to the cultural study of understanding landscapes from a sensory perspective. He aligns the abstruse digital landscape with earth toned colors so that the two communicate a combined language.
Minerís work is concerned with subjective studies of time, materials and sensory properties, known as phenomenological experience. At the moment, digital interconnectedness has radically shifted how the world is viewed. Minerís work counteracts the fast pace of contemporary life necessitating slower optical engagement. The artistís process supports the idea of slowing down and making decisions that reflect and respond to careful observation. Bradbury says, ďMinerís in depth investigation of the themes of time and perception is sophisticated and philosophical. We are excited to be able to share it with our audiences.Ē
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