Contemporary Print Market Report

Happiness
The Case Against

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Critical Review

Branching out into Penguins’ Pelican collection, Happiness the case against (2017) sees Miller re-appropriate a more graphic cover here. The print is reflective of Miller’s fascination with book covers and literature, yet here, as opposed to the Penguin series, this Harland Miller print turns our attention to psychology and social science publications from the 1960s and 1970s.

In Happiness, Miller depicts the cover design of a self-help manual where a three-dimensional red and blue cube hovers in the centre of the composition. Above the image, the title is written in pin capitalised letters, beneath which Miller adds The Case Against, in dark blue lettering.

The print exemplifies Miller’s technical aptitude for printing, as he utilises various techniques, such as polymer-gravure, photo-etching and block printing to achieve a more graphic and superimposed finish. The effect of these various techniques is that while at first glance the work seems one dimensional, its main elements have in fact been given a multi-layered appearance.