February 07, 2016
An opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for Edward Bear Miller’s exhibit of new work entitled “Feral Spaces”, displaying in the Cafe during the month of February 2016.
Edward “Bear” Miller lives and paints in the Hudson Valley. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, Bear completed high school in Millbrook, NY and got his B.A. in History from Reed College (’93). After Reed, Bear apprenticed under Pacific Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken before embarking on a twelve-year career as a social studies teacher, which included five years at a bilingual school in Quito, Ecuador. Bear was befriended and mentored by painter Robert Stark of Pennsylvania beginning in 2000. When he isn’t making art or studying art, Bear likes to climb mountains, play tennis, swim, bicycle, play guitar, practice yoga, and read. This year he will complete his MFA at SUNY New Paltz. He maintains deep family roots in the Keene Valley, NY and in New Orleans, LA, showing his work in both locations and in Washington, DC regularly. Bear Miller lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Artist’s Statement: “The messy entanglement of human bodies, industrial infrastructure, wild terrain, non-human critters, and domestic spaces is my constant preoccupation. It is in the feral, punctured headspace between our leaky notions of nature and culture that creative genius is awakened. My art interweaves human figures with their gritty surroundings and psychological interiors in order to play with permeations of the self and the spaces and substances inhabited and absorbed by the self. Where does one stop and the other begin? I love the fact that I can carry my easel and canvas on my back and apply my oil paints outside, loosening and occasionally losing myself in sprawling tangles of woods, factories, rivers, overpasses, and changing weather. These paintings are my lamentation and celebration of wildness enduring in a world where oil painters are the watchful companions and coy beneficiaries of industrial capitalism’s rapacious, endlessly resourceful tyranny.”
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