J. Coleman Miller

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A funny thing happened on the way to aleatoria...

Fascinated by the great artists of the early 20th century, particularly the surrealist movement, and especially those who used chance in the commission of their works, fine art photographer J. Coleman Miller has created a new twist on aleatoric composition. When Miller photographs the swirling colors of Koi and the reflections that dance on the rippling surface of a clear pond, magical images come to life in every form.

The works convey a deep sense of emotional connection, touching viewers with engaging, dreamlike images and unearthing darker, ghostly scenes as though from a childhood nightmare. This collection of large prints feel more like surreal or expressionist paintings. The limited edition photographs are beautifully presented as large metallic inkjet prints, face mounted to 3/8” plexi and mounted on brushed aluminum dibond with aluminum standoff. All works are signed and numbered by the artist in limited editions of 25, and have been shown in NYC, Los Angeles and Miami since 2008.


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about the artist

A funny thing happened on the way to aleatoria...

Fascinated by the great artists of the early 20th century, particularly the surrealist movement, and especially those who used chance in the commission of their works, fine art photographer J. Coleman Miller has created a new twist on aleatoric composition. When Miller photographs the swirling colors of Koi and the reflections that dance on the rippling surface of a clear pond, magical images come to life in every form.

The works convey a deep sense of emotional connection, touching viewers with engaging, dreamlike images and unearthing darker, ghostly scenes as though from a childhood nightmare. This collection of large prints feel more like surreal or expressionist paintings. The limited edition photographs are beautifully presented as large metallic inkjet prints, face mounted to 3/8” plexi and mounted on brushed aluminum dibond with aluminum standoff. All works are signed and numbered by the artist in limited editions of 25, and have been shown in NYC, Los Angeles and Miami since 2008.

Miller is a lifelong student and practitioner of design, art and music from Pennsylvania who works primarily in photography, and has worked in the portrait, fashion and product industry since 1986. Also a commercial photographer, graphic artist and expert Photoshop technician, Miller makes fine portraits of over six thousand preschool children every year in Houston, and his In Focus Photography has raised huge sums of money to benefit Houston early learning programs over the last 22 years. Creativity surrounds the Cypress, Texas artist in the form of his photographic prints, handmade furniture, intricate tile and mosaics, great dishes from the kitchen and all original rock music from the studio with his band.

Miller’s major field of study is rooted in the application of chance methods in artistic composition throughout history, and how the accident has not only inspired artists for thousands of years, but also relates to the evolution of everything in the universe. Looking at one of the mutant apparitions that appear on the artists prints, it is chilling to know that we could have easily switched places with the beast millions of years ago with one simple left turn.

During the quest to discover all there is to know about aleatoric exploration, Miller has assembled a small army of twenty five painters, photographers and sculptors who use the many different aspects of chance to arrive at their artistic conclusions, and who collaborate and inspire each other to find new ways of exploiting random occurrences.


exhibitions

  • 2010
  • Red Dot Art Fair with Aleatoric Art 2010 Miami, Florida, Art Basel Week
  • Solo Exhibit at Artist Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida December 2-30
  • Group Exhibit, International Juried Photography Competition- AHG Ft. Lauderdale, October 2010
  • Solo Show, The Art of Chance/ Houston, Texas October 2010
  • 2009
  • Group show (exhibitor and curator), AleatoricArt at AquaArt Miami/Art Basel Week, Miami, Florida
  • Formed the MAMA Movement with Professor Alex Volborth (1925-2009) and Ray Cabarga
  • Launched Aleatoric Art Gallery/ co-wrote Aleatoric Artists of the 21st Century with Ray Cabarga
  • 2008
  • Animal Magnetism
  • St. John’s Art Wall
  • Lark Gallery
  • 2007
  • Ferrara Gallery/ The Spirit in Art, Ferrara, Italy
  • Infusion Gallery/ Los Angeles
  • NanoArt Competition

artist statement

Art philosophy is great for some, but can be a bit tedious sometimes to people who just really like to look at art. Collectors seem to buy art based on love at first sight, from my experience—who can convey with words what is recognized and captured in the mind and through the hands of an insightful and talented artist? I think it is simply that moment captured that intrigues the audience, but the next time someone tells me that they are buying a piece because they are wild about the meaning of it all, I will let you know. Barnett Newman, an American artist of the early 20th century, once wrote “Aesthetics is for the artist as Ornithology is for the birds”. And so, it will be no surprise that I have no deep statement about what I create, other than all of my life, I have had such a bad case of pareidolia that I could not concentrate very well. I find amazing subject matter in so many places throughout the day, and I am lucky to have found—completely by chance—a process that allows me to capture and print these unique events.

I am not just seeing bunnies in the clouds at this point. What I am doing with my camera is among the most unique photographic methods, and my prints are something that folks love to look at and discuss. Clement Greenberg, an influential American art critic associated with modern art, and who was among the first critics to praise the work of painter Jackson Pollack, argued in 1960 that “...each artistic medium should seek that which makes it unique among the possible mediums and then purify itself of anything other than expression of its own uniqueness as a form”. That is where people find the value in my work- they stare in disbelief when I tell them that every image is a photograph of moving water, and my fast growing list of collectors is the welcome result of all that head-scratching. The synchronicity of moving water, the automatic paintings created by the light and reflections, the moment of capture, and the discovery of the resulting subject matter is quite an amazing evolution, and it is completely impossible to recreate any given result.

commissions & collections

  • Commissions
  • South Beach Studios/ The Marlin Hotel, Miami, FLA
  • Cy Fair Fire Dept., Cypress, TX
  • El Charro Restaurant, Cypress, TX
  • Private Collections
  • Alan Kagan, Dallas, TX
  • John and Nina Murphy, Houston, TX
  • Linda Drescher, Houston, TX
  • Phil Torcivia, La Holla, CA
  • Barbara Streick, NYC
  • Romy and Justin Meshberg, NYC
  • Maria Von Volborth, Las Vegas, NV
  • Mike Bloom, Houston, TX
  • Jordan Ronsonette, Galena Park, TX
  • Jack Corradino, Clifton, NJ
  • Danielle Lysogorski, Cypress, TX
  • Alan Goolman, NYC
  • Richard Blehman, Hallendale Beach, FL
  • Susan G Komen Fund Houston, TX
  • Anthony Torcivia Philadelphia, PA
  • David Jones, Ft Lauderdale, FL
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