Steve Miller

Steve Miller is best known for his paintings, which combine aspects of art, science, and technology. From realist painter to installation artist, to “genetic portraitist,” to abstract painter, Miller’s impulse has been the same: to wrestle with the fundamentals of life through visual media. He says of his own work: “When art and science intersect, it changes the context, beefs up the scale, and alters responses to imagery in unexpected ways. Images of the smallest of things become images you can get lost in. Scientists may not need or necessarily want that kind of scale or distraction. They’re making science; they’re looking for specific solutions. I’m making art and trying to communicate with a different audience, and scale is just one of the ways I try to do that.”

Miller is an artist whose knowledge of visual culture and technology allows him to create works that are both densely intellectual and aesthetically beautiful. Trained by silkscreen printers who worked with Andy Warhol, and inspired by artists like Robert Rauschenberg who boldly mixed imagery in his work, Miller’s photographs and paintings are uniquely wrought examinations of the systems that constitute our world.
 
Steve Miller has been working with art, science and technology since 1980. Starting in 1988 Miller has been working with molecular biology creating portraits and Vanitas still-lifes using the imaging techniques of medical science. In 2000, Miller investigated particle physics in collaboration with Brookhaven National Labs using their Relativistic Heavy Io Collider. Recently, he investigated proteomics and bioinformatics working with 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Rod Mackinnon at Rockefeller University. In September 2007, this work was presented in solo exhibition at Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

Over the past 25 years, Steve Miller has presented 31 solo exhibitions at major institutions in the United States, China, France and Germany. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Le Monde, Suddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, ArtForum, ARTnews, and Art in America. Miller was one of the first artists to experiment with computers in the early 1980´s, and his work today continues to integrate science and technology.

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