Work produced for the Playing at Change series reflects the incalculable absurdity of a global economy fundamentally at odds with our shared ecology – the [im]material flows of commerce, a fiction of progress constructed from pure human exceptionalism …. Rob Miller
This month ArtCouple has the great pleasure to introduce the work of Rob Miller to the Out-O-Space Gallery. We’ve never seen any of Rob’s work in the metal, but we’ve been constantly drawn into his jarring assimilations—light and playful forms heroically coping with with their leaden materiality. As David Cobourne, one of Rob’s former students, puts it: They’re ‘like very sad children’s toys, the weight and toxicity of the material negate any possibility of play”. At first we were worried that the very weight of the pieces might be too much for our precarious platform, but Rob obliged with animated virtual versions suitable for the MirrorScreen™— highly appropriate for our locked down times.
Time has been distinctly treacly during lockdown and we’ve struggled to get a spoon in it, so we’re running a bit behind schedule. All these animations work with time: grinding pulsing and breathing. Inhaling Duchamp, ‘each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it’s a sort of constant euphoria”.
Toys as if we could play. Their shapes suggest play, their texture and colour do not. It’s grey, not play. It’s illusion, not a game, reflecting constraints forced upon us. Work, waste, capitalism, toxicity.
Check out Rob’s website and Twitter @researchobjects for more information.
The Out-O-Space Gallery is part of our response to the Covid-19 lockdown, and we welcome artists to exhibit with us. Drop us a line, and we’ll take it from there.
The next exhibition, at the end of July, will feature work by C.nick.