Ace (small)

Ace (small)
Signed Print

Harland Miller

Mixed Media, 2019
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 102cm x W 72cm

Critical Review

The formal qualities and overall layout of ACE were inspired by hand drawn Medieval illuminated manuscripts and the graphics of post-war psychology publications. Miller cleverly revises the embellished lettering style and vivid cover designs. He contributes a kaleidoscopic layering of colour to the print, and thereby also a distinct Pop sensibility.

Miller references his art historical precursors in ACE, by isolating, overlaying and reconnecting the disparate elements on the canvas. Consistent with the Pop artists who came before him, he abstracts and reconstitutes the meaning behind mundane mono and bisyllabic word snippets, rendering these in bold and saturated typefaces. Ultimately, Miller’s artwork conjoins slogans and commercialised signage with the impression of an underlying profoundness.