Artist Dan Miller with his art

S+ Stimulant: Dan Miller


Dan Miller is an artist. He creates his works at the celebrated Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA. Founded in 1974, Creative Growth serves and supports mentally, physically, and developmentally disabled adult artists.

“Diagnosed with autism, and with few verbal communications skills, Miller has developed an intensive body of work that employs language as its fundamental subject and departure-point. His extraordinary drawings take the form of accumulations of written descriptive texts, alphabets, and numerical sequences. (The texts often have strong biographical references, e.g. acknowledging specific Bay Area locales, and aspects of his immediate day-to-day life and family history.) Superimposed on top of one another, these individual words, numbers and phrases start to merge, creating all-over fields of partially obscured and often illegible texts. Juxtaposing formal methodologies (e.g. the use of indexical language and alphabetical and numerical systems, and repeated motifs such as light bulbs and books) with dynamic, yet highly disciplined drawing and mark-making, Miller’s works intuitively combine both conceptual and expressive approaches, to create a truly idiosyncratic hybrid form.”*

Seymour was recently invited to collaborate with the Creative Growth Art Center on a project for their booth at the Cutlog Art Fair in Paris. We chose to construct our interactive site-specific installation around a drawing by Dan Miller.

Seymour invited the public to engage in an exercise related to the exploration of their subconscious and challenged their habitual way of engaging with art. The outcome is rather compelling. To read more about this project and see the results, please click: HERE.

Detail of a Dan Miller work created on a typewriter.

* excerpted from a text by White Columns Gallery.


Published: October 23rd, 2012

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