September 12 — October 10, 2009
In Fukurama Steven Miller continues his exploration and keen interest in Japanese culture and aesthetics, Fuku referencing the Japanese god of longevity and Rama referring to the Hindu deity. With this imagined word, Miller creates a charge-to-cheer in the spirit of the rally, “Bonsai!” The small-scale landscape paintings are rendered with precise lines, and color is utilized to emphasize the flatness of the picture plane. His attention to the craft of the objects and to the materials used, lend an Eastern sensibility to the work. While the form of the paintings nod to an Eastern style, the content consists of a distinctively Western narrative. The serene land and sea-scapes are inhabited by menacing figures enacting mysterious dramas.