Berlin - Exhibition

Harland Miller: Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can’t Be There)

Blain|Southern Berlin

30 Apr 201630 Jul 2016

Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can’t Be There) is Harland Miller’s first solo exhibition in Germany. Departing from his use of appropriated imagery, the exhibition comprises many new large-scale paintings that incorporate his own designs, which is a first for the artist. He takes formal and conceptual inspiration from the abstract geometrical covers of popular psychology books of the 60s and 70s, an era when positive messaging often masked societal neurosis.

Three metre high paintings with titles such as Overcoming Optimism and Back on the Worry Beads occupy the main space of the gallery. Often the same text appears on different compositions, demonstrating how form and colour relationships can change the way in which titles are interpreted. Interspersed between the larger paintings, a number of smaller works act like punctuation marks. The sentiments of the artist’s phrases remain open enough to imbue every work with a different idiosyncratic significance to each individual viewer. Upstairs, a new body of the artist’s most iconic artworks, The Penguin Books Series paintings, are bought together including; High on Hope, I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember and the titular Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can’t Be There).

  • Harland Miller, Back On The Worry Beads, 2016. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo by Peter Mallet.Harland Miller, Back On The Worry Beads, 2016. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo by Peter Mallet.
  • Harland Miller, Happiness The Case Against, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo by Peter Mallet.Harland Miller, Happiness The Case Against, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo by Peter Mallet.
  • Harland Miller, Overcoming Optimism, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo by Peter Mallet.Harland Miller, Overcoming Optimism, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo by Peter Mallet.

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Special Events

Destination: Berlin
Where: Blain|Southern Berlin
Type: VIP Preview
Admission: Free

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon, sun

ESTABLISHED:
2011

SPACE:
1,300 m² m2

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Blain Harry


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