Meet the Artist: Open Animation Studio Days
A Closer Look at The Sibling Show:
Meet Julien Miller on Animation Open Studio Days —
In conjunction with the Art Garage current exhibition, The Sibling Show, Julien Miller, experimental video artist, will be present in the gallery for three consecutive Saturdays, May 15, 22 and 29, 11AM-2PM, for Animation Open Studio Days. He will work on several ongoing projects using a digital drawing pad, as well as traditional and experimental processes which he will demonstrate. Mr. Miller welcomes questions from guests of all ages and from fellow-animators in the area: he enjoys discussing his art form.
To reserve a viewing time, call 607-547-5327, email firstname.lastname@example.org or simply stop by. Masks are required inside the gallery.
The Art Garage show features two of Mr. Miller’s innovative, remarkable animations. Thrown is a handmade animation shot with a frame-by-frame technique. It depicts Mr. Miller’s memory of a night in Brooklyn in 2018 when he was hit by an SUV while walking home. The abstract dream-like artwork captures the chromatic and surreal visual experiences of that memory and of his daily visual experience. Mr. Miller experimented with materials for unconventional methods of animation: After painting each frame, he photographed the image, then painted the next frame directly over the previous image. The single panel accumulated thousands of layers of paint, the imperfections and memories of each layer carried through each subsequent frame. The gouache paint used is homemade by the artist using dry pigments and Polyvinyl Alcohol. On view in the gallery is a single solid painted object that comprises the many layers. His other piece, Zapace, is an experimental animation drawn by hand with a digital tablet. The imagery and characters were drawn frame by frame in a “stream of consciousness-esque process [that] recreates the internal imagery that I see when scripting stories and narratives for paintings and animations,” the artist noted. This piece explores many of the artist’s thoughts, feelings and anxieties pertaining to global warming, ecology, and technology, while using science fiction concepts of world building.
Julien Miller is a painter/animator from Fly Creek, NY. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY Purchase. He has maintained a studio practice in Brooklyn and Fly Creek, making experimental handmade animations in which he explores things that frighten and intrigue him: social collapse in the wake of global warming, advanced technology morphing into immersive digital environments, first person memories translated into paint, and alien botanists experimenting on unheard of plants. After creating storyboards by mixing elements from dreams, real life, and science fiction, Julien meticulously illustrates backgrounds and cells cut from paper for his films. The Sibling Show also highlights the work of his two artist sisters: Sophie Miller (Philadelphia PA) presents an abundance of paintings and works on paper and on mirror shards; and Ginger Miller a senior in museum studies and art history at Connecticut College (New London, CT) offers tight, bright, gem-like collages. Their parents also have works on display: Tracy Helgeson, celebrated painter of iconic landscapes and artist/designer, and Doug Miller, whose tactile sculptural works incorporate actual fossils. Art Garage director/curator, Sydney Waller, noted that all three siblings also studied art at Cooperstown Central High School with dedicated art-teacher, Kristin Karasek, whose influence cannot be discounted. “I am excited to see all of our work in the same space,” noted Sophie Miller. “We subconsciously are so inspired by each other and our parents… it’s rare that we have the opportunity to take a more objective look at the art that we create as a family!” Ginger Miller added, “What I find so exciting about this is both Sophie and Julien’s opportunity to share their work with the community. They are two incredible artists, I feel honored to show with them!”
Also on display: new textiles by Ada Yonenaka, figurative carvings and composed photographs by Lavern Kelley, ceramics by Robert Seward.
The show is open seven days a week through May 29, 10AM-6PM: simply call 607-547-5327 or text 315-941-9607 to set a time. ’If we’re in, we come out.’ For images see FacebookArtGarageCooperstown. ###
- The show opens seven days a week with a text or phone call. Thru May 29.