Mu Pan 'One Inch Punch', Adam Miller 'Twilight in Arcadia'
Where: Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
What: Mu Pan 'One Inch Punch', Adam Miller 'Twilight in Arcadia'
MU PAN WEB-PREVIEW
ADAM MILLER WEB-PREVIEW
Dates: Exhibit runs; May 17 – June 7, 2014
Opening Reception, Saturday, May 17, 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Contact: Copro Gallery - Gary Pressman
Copro Gallery presents two solo exhibitions from Brooklyn residents Mu Pan and Adam Miller.
Mu Pan was born in 1976 in Taiwan as a child of a military family. His favorite artistic subject is history mixed with fantastic terror scenarios of warriors fighting with dogs, frogs and other strange-animal-human mutations. His work brings to mind grotesque imagery from painting by Hieronymus Bosch except in a disjointed modern world.
Says Mu Pan about his art "I love battle scenes; it's my favorite subject. But it has nothing to do with my military service experience in Taiwan. In fact, I was just a propaganda solider of the political warfare department—all I did there was poster-making and mural-painting. I couldn't even dissemble a .57 rifle! Battle scenes excite me, especially the kind with swords and spears and people on horses trying to kill each other. I don't know why—I just like it—in paintings, in movies. I enjoy producing images like that." Through his work Mu Pan attempts to assume the role of story teller, expressing his disapproval with the world around him. "I can be a very angry and bitter person sometimes. Drawing and painting is an easier way for me to find justice."
Mu Pan's Resume
Adam Miller's paintings explore the intersection between mythology, ecology and humanism. Visually inspired by baroque and Hellenistic narrative painting they take a polytheistic approach to contemporary folklore, questions of progress and the experience of human narrative in the face of technological change and the struggle to find meaning in a world poised between expansion and decay.
Miller's work is mannerist in it's use of the human form as a vehicle of feeling and thought beyond the literal representation of a particular person.
Born 1979 in Oregon, Adam began an apprenticeship to artist Allen Jones at thirteen years old and at Sixteen, was accepted to the prestigious Florence Academy Of Art in Florence, Italy where he underwent an extensive training in classical painting techniques and studied the masterpieces of the Renaissance firsthand. For the next four years Miller traveled throughout Europe studying the masters.