Works reflect the political and social climate in the U.S.
UNION, N.J. – From now through , Abbott Miller's inaugural exhibition of Sideshow will be on display at the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue. The exhibition’s name, Sideshow, is a reference to the bizarre and unprecedented culture of showmanship and improvisation in Washington, DC. The works in the exhibition incorporate politics with carnival and circus imagery.
"It is noteworthy that each work in the show references the artwork of other graphic artists, some contemporary, and others going back to the 19th century," said Neil Tetkowski, director of Kean Galleries. "Abbott Miller hired sign painters in Monterrey, Mexico, to realize the new works for this show at Kean University, which are certainly stirring up some controversy and stimulating conversations in the Burger Gallery."
The focal projects of the exhibition, The Wall, Monogram and Trumptych, are Abbott's response to the new administration’s controversial actions and statements on immigration, the role of the press, women’s rights and its isolationist policies.
“The painting of Trump’s ‘Person of the Year’ Time Magazine cover holds a lot more weight after the President’s election,” said Miller. “The majority of the text has been removed, leaving behind a suspiciously non-accidental ‘M’ behind Trump’s serene face, depicting devil horns. Deliberate or not, it reflected the majority of public opinion on his capability and intentions as President, leading to the start of vigorous meme creation and media attention.”
Marco V. Garrido Félix helped coordinate the works with rótulistas (professional sign painters) in Mexico. The works are a collaboration between Miller and rótulistas Enrique Becerra, Diego Farías and Heriberto García Dávila.
Abbott Miller’s Sideshow
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