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Flat Space Sculpture: A Conversation with Gerold Miller

by Marcus Bering

"Get Ready," 2002. Serigraphy, painted aluminum, offset print, neon light, dimensions variable. View of installation at the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Courtesy Jens Ziehe, Berlin.

Is it sculpture? Is it painting? Or is it design? Gerold Miller’s work explores the borders between minimal object and conceptual context—a zone where sculpture, framed surfaces, and sculpturally and visually defined architecture meet. His empty frames of the “hard edge” and “ready-mix” series in aluminum and lacquer rigorously investigate the basic prerequisites of what we perceive as “an image.”

From “total objects” to his recent series “Instant Vision,” Miller has long been fascinated with the phenomenon of reality at its most striking, its most vivid, when you approach it from the non-objective and most minimal angle. Industrially fabricated, his work reflects the fragmented, fast-paced, and beautiful, hard and precise world of design, luxury cars, fashion, and lifestyle. We as spectators are now left alone to fill these free interior and exterior territories with our own reflections, expectations, and projections.

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