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Geoffrey Owen Miller

Dreams of our Future Nature
Sunroom Project Space 2019 | June 2–July 14, 2019

Pictured above: Geoffrey Owen Miller, Dreams of our Future Nature, 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. 

In the Sun Porch, Geoffrey Owen Miller constructs a subtly moving tableau of flora and fauna out of clear plastic that is suspended upside down over a black mirrored surface. Peering down, visitors experience the reflections as something otherworldly and vibrant. The hanging sculptures composed of industrial materials contrast with their reflected images below, invoking a spirit world. The installation is inspired by Wave Hill’s lush landscape, capturing dynamic colors mixed with unexpected shapes.

With sunlight as a key element of Dreams of our Future Nature, Miller was drawn to the Sun Porch. His transparent sculptures are transformed through the use of filtered light that renders the colors visible in their reflections. The intense colors of light that are captured in the installation are similar to that of the sunrise and sunset in his home state of New Mexico. Growing up with a father who is a scientist influenced Miller’s drive to create through research and experimentation.

Miller considers the future of animals and plants in the context of technological and scientific advancements, as organisms continue to adapt or disappear depending on the whims of humankind. Miller is further informed by the science fiction writings of Philip K. Dick. In Dick’s dark visions of the future, people treasure all forms of animal life because of their extreme scarcity. Human authenticity is questioned, and animals become a symbol of social status. Miller explains that although “a plethora of artificial replacements exists, their utility comes along with a question of loss . . . We often don’t think about the importance of something, or someone, until they are no longer around.

This is Miller’s first solo show in New York City. Recent group exhibitions have been held at Sculptor’s Alliance on Governor’s Island, NY; K&P Gallery, New York, NY; Fully Booked, Dubai, UAE; Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design, Ruston, LA; Art Space | DA:MDAA, Seoul, Korea; The Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; The Royal Society of American Artists, Brooklyn, NY; AHL Foundation, New York, NY; Gateway Project Space, Newark, NJ; and Guilin Museum of Art, Guilin, China, among others. Miller received his BFA from University of California, Long Beach, CA, and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

SAT, JUNE 2, 3PM
Meet the Artist

SAT, SUN, JUNE 29 & 30, 10AM-1PM
Family Art Project: Nature Reshaping and Wild Adaptation

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A release about the 2018 season in the Sunroom Project Space is available here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.