John Miller

The New Honeymooners

December 19, 2007 - February 2, 2008

535 W 22nd Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

John Miller underscores the decadence and hollow promise of our present gilded age by replacing his signature excremental brown impasto with glimmering gold. But Miller is gilding actual junk and using fake gold leaf in his wall reliefs and standing sculptures for his exhibition "The New Honeymooners," presented in two parts at Metro Pictures and Friedrich Petzel Gallery.

In Metro's upstairs gallery, Miller installs a group of sculptures made from the lowest of materials, trash and junky plastic objects piled atop discarded wood tables, painstakingly camouflaged with gold leaf. Referencing the debased and the glorified, the gallery walls are papered in brown and gold. At Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Miller inverts the display of his symbolic color combination and presents gold wall reliefs with a rug on the floor.

John Miller lives and works in Berlin and New York where he teaches at Columbia University. One-person shows include the Center for Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Kunstverien, Hamburg; DAAD Galerie, Berlin; PS1, New York; and Magasin-Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France. His work was included in the Whitney Biennials in 1985 and 1991 and he has exhibited regularly at Metro Pictures since 1984.

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 535 W. 22nd Street. Metro Pictures is located at 519 W 24th Street. Gallery Hours are 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday. For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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    The New Honeymooners
    Installation view
    Friedrich Petzel Gallery
    2007-2008
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    Dynasty
    2007
    Gold leaf, plaster, paper maché, Styrofoam, plastic objects on hollow-core door
    55 x 43 x 16 inches
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    Knots Landing
    2007
    Gold leaf, plaster, paper maché, Styrofoam, plastic objects on hollow-core door
    52 x 42 x 13 inches
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    The Optical Field
    2007
    Gold leaf, plaster, paper maché, Styrofoam, plastic objects on hollow-core door
    60 x 41 x 18 inches
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    Phantom Existence
    2007
    Gold leaf, plaster, paper maché, Styrofoam, plastic objects on hollow-core door
    55 x 43 x 18 inches
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    Surface and Support
    2007
    Gold leaf, plaster, paper maché, Styrofoam, plastic objects on hollow-core door
    50 x 42 x 12 inches
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    Dirty, Sexy Money
    2007
    Gold leaf, plaster, paper maché, Styrofoam, plastic objects on hollow-core door
    55 x 45 x 13 inches
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    Untitled
    2007
    Carpet
    Diameter 10 feet