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‘Requisite Beguilement’ exhibit to open at CCU art gallery

February 21, 2017
"Rapturous Decay" bu Liz Miller, stiffened felt, assorted fabrics, paint and other mixed media."Miasmatic Filigree," stiffened felt, paint, and other mixed media, dimensions variable, installation view: South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD, 2016"Rapturous Decay" (detail), stiffened felt, assorted fabrics, paint and other mixed media, dimensions variable. Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Winona, MN, 2016

Artist Liz Miller’s work will be displayed in a solo exhibition titled “Requisite Beguilement” in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University from Tuesday, Feb. 28, to Friday, March 31. A lecture with the artist will take place on Thursday, March 2, at 2 p.m., and a reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the same day. The exhibit is free and open to the public, as are the lecture and reception.

Miller’s mixed media installations re-contextualize simplified shapes, signs and symbols from disparate historical and contemporary imagery to create abstract fictions. Her use of felt, foam and other tactile materials further complicate questions of source, masking the identity of forms while allowing them to inhabit both sculptural and two-dimensional space.

“Although more recent works have departed from the wall, becoming much more sculptural, an allegiance to drawing and painting is still there – through the creation of shadows on the walls, the interplay between 2D and 3D, or simply the controlled backdrop that the wall provides,“ Miller says about her exhibition.

Miller earned an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Minnesota and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has started teaching installation art at Minnesota State University, where she has also taught drawing for nine years. Visit lizmiller.com for more information about the artist and to see images of her work.

The gallery is located in Room 129 of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, located at 133 Chanticleer Drive W., Conway. The gallery is the primary visual laboratory for the Department of Visual Arts at CCU and is dedicated to advancing the education of visual artists and cultivating the production, interpretation, and enjoyment of objects and images in society.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call James Arendt, gallery director, at 843-349-6409 or visit coastal.edu/gallery.