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370H55V (details), 2011, Mixed media
Collection of the artist
Photo credit: Heather Saitz
Guest-Curated by Nancy Tousley
In The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem, Chris Millar draws us into his own private universe of wondrous tiny details and then holds our attention as he unfolds his outrageous tall tales and fantastical yarns. A natural born storyteller, Millar sprinkles his sculptures, which are made almost entirely of paint, with visual clues to the questions of who and what, and even what might happen next, if their frozen moment in time were to melt. His paintings, on the other hand, are dense mixtures of images and words in which everything happens at once.
To transmogrify is “to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect,” an apt description of what Millar does to everyday reality and, also, to the practice of painting. This exhibition of nine paintings and two sculptures features Millar’s largest sculpture to date: 370H55V (2011), and surrounds it with works made since 2004.
Born in Claresholm, Alberta, Chris Millar grew up in Sherwood Park. He completed a fine arts diploma at Grant MacEwan Community College in 1998, and a bachelor of fine arts in painting at the Alberta College of Art+ Design in 2000. His work will be part of the exhibition Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, opening in May 2012.
Sponsored by AGA Artist Patrons
Barry Zalmanowitz and June Ross
The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists.