Christopher Miles

March 23 - April 27, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, March 23, 6pm to 8pm

ACME. is pleased to present the gallery's second solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Christopher Miles. The exhibition comprises three new sculptures made of paper layered and laminated with acrylic polymer and paint over aluminum armatures. Related to the ceramic works Miles has previously exhibited at ACME., the works in this exhibition further the artist's ongoing interests in sculpture as constructed form and the expressive potential of sculpture.

Miles' works in recent years give nods to influences as varied as Expressionist, Cubist, Surrealist, and Vitalist sculpture, Abstract Expressionist ceramics, "Neo-Dada," West Coast Assemblage and "Funk" art, pre-Minimalist experiments in the evocative potential of space and form, Postminimalist investigations of phenomenology and materiality, and both contemporary and historical artistic considerations of the grotesque and the abject. The works bridge between anthropomorphic suggestion, visceral presence, and heavily gestural, abstract form. The works operate in both the domain of the literal with their insistent materiality, and the domain of the literary, with their teasing allusion.

Christopher Miles completed his BA at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, and his MFA at the School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. Also well known as a writer and curator, he has been active in the Los Angeles arts community for two decades. He has taught at multiple art schools and departments in Southern California, and since 1998, he has been on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach, where he recently served as Director of the School of Art, and presently serves as the interim Dean of the College of the Arts.

Eight new sculptures by Miles currently are featured in the artist's first solo museum exhibition, on view though July 28, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.