~JAMES MILLER .. DREW MILLER
WAY, WAY – WAY BEYOND THE SQUARE !!
‘POOR THING NUMBER ONE’ by DREW MILLER
I love comic art – always have since forever. since I was a kid.
and reborn, when Simon turned me onto Moebius in the 80s.
POP ART .. well that goes without saying: obvious.
Japanese Edo period woodblock prints too.
but being in NEW YORK CITY, esp BROOKLYN !! since year 2000 – a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
it made me realize that actually, no – there were no comic book artists in the Yale grad program.
not much illustrative or media art in general. no way-out collage artists, either. whatever.
some of the drop-off was good.
painting: it was some pretty serious stuff. for the most part.
no faux street artists .. for sure !! maybe that’s a good thing !!
no goths. no Viking ships. bats. or found photos. (thank the lordy)
and come to think of it. not one, NOT even one – ARTFORUM hanging around, either.
so much for the has-been bible of the art world .. cutting edge ?
apparently .. not.
but comic book art – is not to be dropped off. no way.
COMIC BOOK ART is alive and well.
COMIC BOOK ART is a good thing – just ask half of NEW YORK CITY !!
DESERT ISLAND, SMOKE SIGNAL, PICTUREBOX, and . . . BERGEN STREET COMICS, come to mind, right away !!
back to .. alive and well ?
ADRIAN TOMINE .. comes to mind – right off the bat.
a couple of ‘fine art’ artists like TAYLOR McKIMENS, BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, and MATT LEINES, pop up too.
and then, of course there’s the rest of the world, Oregon (!!!) .. where comic book art is still happening, apparently. right along with DIY zines, and countless small press .. ‘indies’.
DREW MILLER .. ‘POOR THING NUMBER ONE’ is published by: NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA .. outta PORTLAND, OREGON
check out: poorthingpress / drewmillerart.tumblr.com
I think that pretty much says it all. or sums it up.
art world. grad school … life. the works !!
I caught this photo .. somewhere in the room !!
it’s just striking, no matter how you cut it.
and when I left the room, tumbled about as I was, I did take note – of a small ‘bro’ homage .. up there in a corner above the doorway.
so, yeah .. in a conceptual stretch – DREW MILLER made it to Yale grad school, too.
JAMES MILLER, YALE MFA OPEN STUDIOS. APRIL 27-28, 2013
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH