Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Rise of the Minotaur, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Adam D. Miller. The exhibition will feature painting, drawing, collage and sculpture, all of which portray humans or animals in states of aggressive or violent behavior. Miller’s technique of drawing with oil stick on canvas, using jagged lines, dense patterning and vibrant colors, is well suited to depicting the snarling faces central to his expressionistic compositions.
The artist incorporates imagery from Greek mythology, pre-Columbian art, metal culture, horror movies, textile design, fantasy illustration and comics to investigate man’s unchecked destructive instincts. The minotaur, as well as the human-animal hybrids found throughout the exhibition, symbolizes the conflict between human nature and animal behavior, suggesting that man must confront his own violent nature in order to free himself from its controlling presence.
A publication with text by Benjamin Weissman and hand printed covers by the artist will be available for free at the opening. The edition is limited to 300 copies.
Born in Bellevue, Washington in 1982, Miller received an MFA from Art Center College of Design (2008). His works have been included in group exhibitions in Los Angeles including at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (2012), RAID Projects (2011), Actual Size Gallery (2011), Luckman Gallery (2011) and 533 Gallery (2010).