No longer an end point, but a simple moment in an infinite chain of contributions - Nicolas Bourriaud
Miller intuitively selects and re-edits still and moving images, as if raw data, recombining them to create new works. Using source material spanning diverse genres and typologies, the original material is rendered unrecognisable, painstakingly selected for its potential to create anew, rather than for the significance of its earlier context.
In They Are Returning Miller creates an elusive narrative by interrogating the image; subverting, layering,cropping and re-editing, and contextualised by his theoretical research into diversion and postproduction. Through this multi-layered approach, often experimenting with duplication, Miller evokes a sense of the uncanny.
In the Redacted Comics series, Miller digitally manipulates images taken from the comic series Gotham Precinct before finally painting them with a particular type of industrial black spray-paint which reacts with the ink of the original print to create a subtle or highly glossy surface finish. The resulting image is partially obscured and leads the viewer to scrutinise it in order to decode it. The eye is drawn to brilliant white masked areas that further subvert the original narrative and create a deeper sense of the unknown.
With this show Miller continues to navigate, consume and use form in compelling new ways by intuitively assembling material as if through a process of detection, his works steeped in noir and bringing an uneasy mystery.
Russell Miller spent 20 years as an art director and designer before studying for his MA in Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College College of Arts. He lives and works in London and divides his time between his art practice