Bill Miller “In This House I Call Home”


poster for Bill Miller “In This House I Call Home”
[Image: Bill Miller "Willis and Ginny" (2019)]

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dieFirma presents In this house I call home , the first exhibition of a series of more than 30 new collages created by Bill Miller over the last year, including some of his most ambitious, large-scale works to date.

Miller cuts and arranges vintage linoleum to explore the work of memory and how representation conditions our personal and collective consciousnesses. Using images taken from his own life, pop culture, and art—such as van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles —Miller transmutes found linoleum, which bears the scuffs and scrapes of its use, into a witness and teller of history.

Both an authentic artifact and artificial material, linoleum was often manufactured to create illusions of more valuable surfaces. Miller doesn’t modify the surface of this now out-of-fashion material, instead choosing to transform its plainness into complex pictorial arrangements, while letting its own material legacy speak.

Whether recognizable from Grandma’s kitchen, a childhood school room, or the corner drug store, in Miller’s hand linoleum evokes commonplace memories, as well as broader narratives of industrialization, deindustrialization, violence, and loss that have shaped much of American culture and Miller’s own life as a working class artist. The collages of In this house I call home have an abiding curiosity about the past, and a conviction that its traces can be imbued with new life.

Bill Miller was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1962. He studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, during which time he became a founding member of the Industrial Arts Co-op. After earning his degree, he moved to Denver, Colorado where he studied at Denver University and Colorado State University, concentrating on painting and printmaking. In 1988 Miller moved to New York City, where he worked at The Village Voice and exhibited his work in a series of exhibits in Chelsea. In 2000, he relocated to Washington, D.C., to focus full time on his art. Miller currently resides in Pittsburgh.



from March 28, 2020 to June 21, 2020

Opening Reception on 2020-03-28 from 17:00 to 19:00


Bill Miller

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