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Stuart McAlpine Miller at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery

Battling Ones Demons

Like many before him, Scottish artist Stuart McAlpine Miller confronts and digests American pop culture in his work, which is currently on display at Hoerle-Guggenheum through March 30th. The familiar faces of fashion models, popular cartoons and comic book heroes intersect in collage-like conglomerations on his picture planes, drawing relationships between the varying levels of popular culture. But McAlpine Miller’s paintings aren’t your typical superficial reappropriation of recognizable characters to sell paintings. The densely layered, photorealistic collages bring attention to the plasticity of beauty and cultural icons, expertly painted with traditional oils that give the illusion of digital collage.

The Focus Of My Attention

In an impressive twenty-four new paintings, the artist pulls inspiration and imagery from fashion magazines, advertisements and Saturday morning cartoons, and joins them together in gauzy layers that are each painted with photorealistic perfection. McAlpine Miller integrates juicy colors with buxom beauties, careful geometric shapes, text and comic heroes, in an assemblage style akin to a modern day James Rosenquist. Each painting reads like a moving image, revealing its faceted layers one by one- giving the viewer a different experience every time a painting is taken in.

Seeing Is Believing

McAlpine Miller’s use of oil paints in his image layering is an incredible feat in itself- showing off the artist’s innate understanding of color in addition to his quest to force viewers to reexamine and reevaluate celebrity, fame and desire. The intersection of layers are painted with mind boggling precision that look completely digital.

Save Me From This Feeling

McAlpine Miller picks up where the Pop artists of the 1960s left off, forcing a new examination of the idealism of pop culture that is strengthened by his control of traditional oils.

Stuart McAlpine Miller’s Solo Exhibition is on display at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery at 527 W 23rd Street  until March 30th, 2016..

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