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Opening Days: The Sibling Show
Art Garage Presents: Three Siblings Show! Opening Hours April 16 & 17
The Art Garage will be presenting a wide range of artistic disciplines created by three related artists, Julien Miller, Sophie Miller and Ginger Miller, in its newest exhibition, The Sibling Show, that will open Friday April 16 4-6PM and Sat. April 17, 11AM-2PM. Reservations recommended! The exhibition will include animation, painting and collage and will be installed on the “Spring Wall,” as the Winter Wall melds into Spring.
The artists grew up surrounded by art-making: their parents are both artists: painter, Tracy Helgeson and artist/designer, Doug Miller. “Are we looking at DNA, at ‘nature vs. nurture’?” Art Garage director/curator Sydney Waller queried, noting that the answer may be unknowable, yet intriguing to contemplate.
Guests are encouraged to call ahead to reserve a viewing slot during Opening Hours. Those without reservations will be accommodated in between scheduled gallery visitors. The show will be up through May 29, open seven days a week, 9AM-6PM with a telephone call 607-547-5327 or a text 315-941-9607.
The siblings currently live in Brooklyn/Fly Creek, NY Philadelphia, PA and New London, CT. They are delighted to have the opportunity to show together: “I am excited to see all of our work in the same space,” noted Sophie Miller. “I know we subconsciously are so much inspired by each other and our parents, but 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, “My older brother and sister are two incredible artists, I feel honored to show with them! While I have never quite perceived myself as an artist, it is quite fun to see the diversity and range in what we each create. What I find so exciting about this is both Sophie and Julien’s opportunity to share their work with the community.”
Also on display in the gallery will be new textiles by Ada Yonenaka, figurative carvings and composed photographs by Lavern Kelley and ceramics by Robert Seward. And: paintings by Tracy Helgeson.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Julien Miller is a painter/animator from Fly Creek, NY. In 2017, 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. Shooting frame-by-frame, combining replacement, stop motion, digital illustration, and layering techniques, he assembles universes to explore storytelling through animation.
Sophie Miller is a painter and photographer currently working out of Philadelphia, PA. She attended The University of the Arts (also in Philadelphia), receiving a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a minor in Art History in 2019. She has displayed her work in galleries, as well as more casual environments such as coffee shops. In addition she has completed a large scale outdoor Mural Project that was displayed on South Broad Street from October 2019- February 2020. Her work captures and pushes the abstract qualities in nature and the city around her. It is largely inspired by Taoism and Eastern Philosophy, as well as her personal spiritual studies and exploration. The content and subject matter of her work continues to shift and fluctuate as she grows into her practice, as does her use of materials and aesthetic sensibilities. With a constant photographic and painting practice, her work is distinct in its use of color, light and shadow, and provocative compositions.
Ginger Miller, the youngest sibling, is a college honors student in her final semester at Connecticut College where she majors in Art history and Anthropology. She is also enrolled in the Museum Certificate Program. Currently, Ginger works in Fly Creek, NY, as well as in New London, CT. In her most recent work, Ginger Miller has taken advantage of her extra time (due to the pandemic) by creating a series of small collages. This particular group explores the ways that simple shapes and colors can both construct and disrupt imagery. Her primary material comes from a vast collection of old Art in America magazines and the random vernacular of 1950’s-era found family photographs. Visually these materials often work as juxtaposition in terms of the colors and material: as in the use of black and white photography with the bright, eye-catching colors of the ads listed in magazines. Through her work, Ginger hopes to provide an opportunity for the viewer to not just unravel their own story within the imagery, but also to respond to familiarity in the art, colors and experiences of the content. For more information please contact the Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, NY. See FB ArtGarageCooperstown for images. Call 607-547-5327 or text 315-941-9607.