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ARTIST TALK: Mike Miller – “Be the Art”
March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
We will be hosting an Artist Talk with local artist and sculptor, Mike Miller!
Join us on Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm to learn more about his solo-exhibition titled, “Be the Art”!
Miller will be discussing the various techniques, materials, concepts, and themes represented throughout his amazing show. We hope to see you there!
This event is free and open to the public!
“Be the Art” on display at RSG until March 3rd – March 31st, 2023
Mike Miller is best known for his Machine-Nature Interface series of sculptures. These machine-nature forms combine a natural object with a manmade object, creating a machine that produces an original movement or action. Most of Mike’s works are kinetic, whether powered by a motor and salvaged gears, hand crank, the wind, or kids on a swing set.
The movements produced echo the machinations of nature itself- plants’ production of oxygen, the orbit of a moon around a planet. As manmade machines and nature made machines advance the difference between the two becomes indistinguishable. Mike was born, raised, and educated in Kansas and finds inspiration and materials for both the machine and the nature aspects of his work around his home and studio in rural Butler County.
“Everything is a machine, and there are two main types, human-made and nature-made machines. For instance, trees are natural machines that absorb carbon dioxide and create oxygen, and human made machines such as the printing press, birth control pill, smartphones, etc. These machines, both natural and human-made, have initiated nearly all changes in human culture. These machines have also driven nearly all the changes in Earth’s environment, both good and bad.
With these sculptures, I hope to illustrate that we as individuals are personally responsible for Earth’s environment. I also believe that as human technology advances the difference between natural and human-made machines will decrease until they eventually blend together, and that the merging of the two is a good thing that can eventually fix the Earth’s environmental problems.” – Mike Miller