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Health And Safety Is Killing Bondage

Health And Safety Is Killing Bondage
Signed Print

Harland Miller

Screenprint, 2015
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 80cm x W 65cm

Critical Review

Health and Safety Is Killing Bondage demonstrates why the artist has long been considered a master of word and imagery, his works provide aesthetic humour, both sardonic and nostalgic in equal measure. The work, depicting a dog-eared, well-thumbed paperback combines a satirical statement on the modern world, and a comment on the disconnect between representation and reality. The vehicle – the Penguin Classic – is a safe, well-loved space that lends itself to nostalgic familiarity. What better space to find a connection with the public and call into question that very familiarity. Inspired by seminal authors and artists such as Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Ed Ruscha, Mark Rothko, Anslem Kiefer and Robert Rauschenberg Miller's works are in high demand.

Miller's working process begins with a high resolution digital photograph of the work, from there he layers base colours upon one another, resulting in a rugged quality, where colours seem to invade one another and seep down on top of each other. Health And Safety Is Killing Bondage authentically recreates a rugged, second-hand book cover, including the spine, with the signature Penguin logo, the title in bold and the artist himself as author against a black background.

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