Love - Saves The Day

Love - Saves The Day

15 colour silkscreen print on 410gsm Somerset paper, 2014. Edition of 100

 

Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London

In this new silkscreen print, the artist has reworked a rare design from the 1940s archive of Penguin Books, but changed the colour to a cerise pink. Miller says, 'colour changes the way people read text - if you made the same work in green, people would read the text differently. The same text would have a very different meaning but you would never really know why.' The direct and optimistic statement, 'Love - Saves The Day' is unusual for the artist who frequently employs a dark and satirical turn of phrase to create works that are as unsettling as they are humorous.

Harland Miller

Harland Miller is both a writer and an artist, practising both roles over a peripatetic career in both Europe and America.  In 2001 Miller produced a series of paintings based on the dust jackets of Penguin books. By combining the motif inherent in the Penguin book, Miller found a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer's love of text. The ensuing images are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of the Penguin classics themselves. Miller continues to create work in this vein, expanding the book covers to include his own phrases, some hilarious and absurd, others with a lush melancholy.

Group exhibitions include 'Fools Rain', ICA, London (1996), 'Direct Painting', Kunsthalle, Mannheim (2004), 'Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005, 2006) and 'The Sculpture in the Close', Jesus College, Cambridge (2013). Solo exhibitions include 'Don't Let the Bastards Cheer You Up', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2009) and 'The Next Life's On Me', White Cube Hoxton Square, London (2012).

www.harlandmiller.com