Systematics: Works by Liz Miller and R. Justin Stewart
Saturday, September 18th, 6-9pm
September 18 - October 31, 2010
There are few aspects of modern society that aren’t connected to encoded systems. It is the thin webbed matrix that constructs communication between all facets of civilization. The intricacies of these systems also lay bare the multitude of ways in which we create rifts in understanding between each other and within ourselves. Systematics explores how artists Liz Miller and R. Justin Stewart map out visual overstimulation, examining the entropy and chaos of how society consumes information. Miller and Stewart both pursue ubiquitous and ordinary materials that they imbue with new meaning by altering their contextual origins. The forms create frameworks to disseminate their unique language of imagery; allowing the art to transcend the zip ties and craft store felt that gives it structure.
Liz Miller lives and works in Good Thunder, Minnesota. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and aboard. She has received two Minnesota State Arts Board artist initiative grants and a Jerome Foundation fellowship for emerging artists. R. Justin Stewart lives and works in New York. However both Liz Miller and R. Justin Stewart received their MFA from the University of Minnesota. Stewart has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Weisman Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and International Sculpture Center. Stewart attended Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency Program and was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Student Achievement in Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center.