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Beyond BurmA
Works on paper by
Roger Miller

11/20 - 12/23, 2005
Opening Reception 11/20, 2-6 PM 

I am a collector, an organizer, and a densifier of surfaces. I began this work in May 2001, though the seeds of discontent had been placed inside me years before. Desiring to lose some of my ego, I implemented the automatic technique of frottage (French for rubbing), an invention of Max Ernst's during the heyday of Surrealism. I sat in my semi-secluded backyard and rubbed my first frottages with a graphite stick. The bricks, the tree bark, the picnic table, the metal chair I was sitting on, the street lamp I'd picked up off the ground years before all yielded images through a textural sense that was barely visible to the eye. Touching became a new form of seeing.
Frottage is about the organization of chance elements. Whatever is in the environment is the goddamn goods: what else is there? Frottage makes the world easier to project meaning on to. There are some similarities to music in this work for me: the searching aspect of improvisation and the discovery involved. The way that one must somehow conclude, causing the materials to interact in a cohesive fashion, what one has started. To this end, I always add some intentional hand-drawing to bring out the underlying meaning of the piece. Conscious control is minimal, but previously veiled ideas and psychic elements are uncovered. This has more than a slight connection to dreams (I have composed a number of  musical "Dream Interpretations" over the years).  And I leave these elements in a highly ambiguous state intentionally. Rather than fixing an image to a known emotive charge, I prefer to leave the eye-pools open to interpretation.  Vertigo. It amuses me on a daily basis.

                                                                                                                                                                             Roger C. Miller
Please join us at Abaton Garage for a look at and a listen to Roger Miller's latest compositions. The opening reception for Beyond Burma will take place November 20th from 2-6PM. Roger, best known for his work in the proto-indie rock band Mission of Burma, will perform at 5:00 with his brother Ben, a former Destroy All Monsters cohort, and their pal Mark Dagley, founder of punk bands the Girls and Hi Sheriffs of Blue. Scott Freyer, psychedelic percussionist for Tower Recordings and Pothole Skinny, will precede them at 4:30, accompanied by the enchanting vocalist Megan. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.
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Previous exhibitions 2004:

Mark Dagley, June ~ July 2004

Tom Warren, August ~ September 2004

Alix Lambert, September ~ October 2004

Bill Schwarz, October ~ December 2004

Previous exhibitions 2005:

Steven Parrino, April 2005

Cora Cohen, May 2005

Paula Gillen, June ~ July 2005

Micheal Gentile, July ~ August 2005

Christine Krol & P. G. Six, August ~ September 2005

Amy Wilson, October 2005

James Biederman, October ~ November 2005


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