Ellen Miller Gallery
38 Newbury Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
617 536 4650
Debut solo show
September 16th -October 28th, 2009
What would it be like to see all sides of a tree at once? To view flowering plants in beguiling detail that exceeds the ordinary capabilities of the eye? Andrew Millner, artist and innovator, merges perhaps the most ancient artistic technique — hand drawing — with digital technology to render the natural world in a completely new way. The walls of Miller Block Gallery will come alive with his latest creations in the exhibition Andrew Millner: New Work from September 17 – October 28.
Millner’s lush botanical drawings seem to bloom, their plant forms proliferating more the closer they are observed. To achieve this effect, he has pioneered a contemporary version of cliché verre, one of the earliest forms of photography. Millner reinvents this technique for the 21st century by drawing his “negative” directly into a computer using a stylus and graphics tablet — rather than etching it onto a blackened plate — and printing it on photosensitive paper with a lightjet printer.
Referring to hundreds of digital photographs taken from all angles, Millner incorporates multiple views into each freehand drawing. Each limb, each leaf, is outlined in painstaking detail. The tops of the trees are as visible as the bottoms; the back branches are as visible as the front. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a wall-sized drawing of a perennial garden, exquisitely detailed yet large in scale, giving the viewer plenty of space to explore the intricacies revealed by the artist.
Millner’s drawings vividly illustrate how technology, rather than separating us from nature, allows us to experience it even more fully. At the same time, the sheer beauty of these images invites us to experience the pleasure and solace to be found in both nature and art.
Millner has been invited by Microsoft Corporation, which has collected his work, to speak to its employees about his creative process and how it is enabled by technology.