BALTIC 39 presents Andrew Miller exhibition

BALTIC 39 presents an exhibition of work by Glasgow based artist Andrew Miller, on view through 7 OCT 2012.


Andrew Miller, Curb Carpet 2011. Photo: © Courtesy the artist

Andrew Miller is a Glasgow based artist who works across a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, photography and site-specific installation. Miller explores the ambiguous territory between form and function. He salvages worn, discarded and redundant materials – objects and architectural fragments – and re-assembles them, charging them with an unfamiliar presence that prompts questions about use, context and value. The exhibition at BALTIC 39 includes two new works made commissioned for the space.

Dusk or Dawn comprises two new works made especially for the exhibition and in response to BALTIC 39 gallery. The first, You me something else 2012, is a canopy of bunting that traverses the gallery as a line drawing in space. Throughout the summer our high streets and pubs are laden with bunting to celebrate events from the Queen’s Jubilee, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the Olympics. Miller re-works these ubiquitous celebratory markers using second-hand and donated clothing to question their possible meanings – yet his is a celebration with nothing apparent to celebrate.

The second work, Other People’s Time 2012, takes its title from a body of work first developed in 1992 made of found timber fragments that once existed as some greater, functional whole. In dialogue with You me something else, material history, labour and use value are all suggested. Miller has used electrical tape as a form of drawing for eighteen years and for this work he has used aluminium tape, harnessing its reflective qualities to implicate the viewer as they navigate the gallery and cause the appearance of the work to perpetually shift.

BALTIC 39, a new cultural hub for contemporary art located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, opened to the public on Friday 6 April 2012. This exciting venture is a collaboration between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.

BALTIC 39 comprises
– BALTIC’s project space gallery
– BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art
– BALTIC Professor
– Northumbria University School of Arts & Social Sciences
– Studios – affordable non-residential workspaces

BALTIC 39
31 – 39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon-Tyne NE1 1EW Admission to BALTIC 39 is free. Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12.00 – 18.00 except Thursday until 20.00 www.balticmill.com/39

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