Marcus Jon Miers
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  • Madison, WI
  • United States
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Art Agent/Promotion, Art Criticism, Art History, Arts Ministry, Arts Organization, Drawing, Education, Installation, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Sculpture, Theology, Web Design
Artist / Personal Statement
Sometimes seeing something means not seeing it at all. It's interesting, the approach to making meaning out of something that might not mean anything. At least, nothing might not have a tangible interpretation that language can achieve. That's ultimately how death is manifested in art. The experience and interpretation of death is a paradox: death is the total absence of something that once existed, yet definitions create meaning in the vacuum left by loss. This is where my work exists. It is in between creating substance about nonsense and absence. I aspire for grand gestures about novelty and poetry, but it's done through the lens of ambivalent absurdity.

Death, and the romantic attempts at addressing its prevalence, make me feel not unlike Sisyphus because of how the mediated result will inevitably fall short. Abstracted memories, emotions, experiences, are meant to triangulate the place where the void holds its citizenship. In one sense, the abstraction is that lurching feeling that you get on the back of your head when you nearly fall asleep; the sensation of falling into some void which holds unknown threats and risk. In another, it is a slap, an old sock full of rocks across the face: palpability to the extent of caricature. A territory of enormous this-ness and that-ness, but not those others, is ripe with irony and self-contradicting attempts at honor and beauty.

I think the dignity in work about loss and tragedy is that it helps us understand the extent to which we can't define the actual event of losing someone we love. It is a distancing effect, one in which we create a chasm between us and that throbbing inevitability that we hope to not have to experience again. Yet we know the rift is slowly narrowing. Like a recovering Pangea, we bind and bandage the worlds we hold close in an attempt at prolonging our own security, our invested worth in that which we have created.

Abstraction is a mediating voice in this conversation that advocates for revealing our limitations and the anabolic tendencies in the human experience. Color shows us that we can't actually see color for what it is. Materials and the societies they come from are temporary. Abstraction reminds us that we can only digest meaning in small doses. Abstraction and eulogies are not dissimilar.
Accomplishments / CV
MFA & MA - Studio Art: University of Wisconsin-Madison
BFA - Printmaking/Drawing: University of Missouri-Columbia

Solo and Small Group Exhibitions
Halation (Solo, Invited): Imago Center, Columbia, MO
Wake (Solo): Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
Exuberance and Anxiety (Solo): 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
In the Expanded Field (Two-person): Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI
Mixed Tapes (Invited): Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, Madison, WI
Levels of Perception (Solo): Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
Concerning Representation (Solo): Craft Studio, Columbia, MO
The Fascinators: The Inaugural Charlotte Street Biennial of Regional BA/BFA/MA/MFA Candidates Regional Juried Exhibition: La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Selected Group Exhibitions
& Another: Lofts Art Gallery, Madison, WI
Q&A: Juried Exhibition, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, Madison, WI
Stacked: Juried Exhibition, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, Madison, WI
Renewal: Juried Exhibition, Drift Studio, Mount Horeb, WI
Foremost: 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
Two-Fer: 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
Phoneography: Photos from Phones by Mitch Eckert and You
Juried Exhibition, The 930 Art Center, Louisville, KY
Kansas City Artists Coalition's 2011 River Market Regional
Regional Juried Exhibition, curated by Dr. Patricia McDonnell, Kansas City, MO
The Larry Show
Juried Exhibition, Juried and curated by Sloane Snure-Paullus, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Columbia, MO
Untitled (Mixtape)
George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Columbia, MO
Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century
International Juried Exhibition, Astoria, OR
Presenting Context (Invited)
Craft Studio, Columbia, MO
Collaborative Identity
NYCAMS Gallery, New York City, NY

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