School of the Abyss
May 5, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Second Street Gallery is pleased to present Steve Miller’s School of the Abyss, a series of mixed media works exploring the influence of science and technology on modern culture.
School of the Abyss is comprised of 10 paintings from Miller’s recent body of work, Health of the Planet, a
series of x-ray photographs of Amazonian flora and fauna silkscreened onto canvas. The exhibition also
includes a selection of surfboards and skateboards that expand on these x-ray images. Playing on the
Amazon’s nickname, “the lungs of the planet,” Miller sets out to give the world a “metaphorical checkup”
by incorporating x-rays of the flora and fauna of the rainforests in his work. According to Miller:
Amazon flora and fauna are resources dwindling in number so there is no need to capture
the swimming alligator, stuff it and mount it on a wall for ego and vanity. In Brazil, the
surfboard is the metaphoric connection to water. This is a trophy that can be found in a
favela or in a home of the famous. Mount an x-ray of a live alligator onto a surfboard to
create the Eco-trophy. Lay a python on a skateboard and make the same shape with your
moving feet to Samba with Science.
Having received his silkscreen training from printers that worked directly with Andy Warhol, Miller’s
technique reveals an expert amalgamation of aesthetics and technology. The results of his mastery
are works blending the conceptually intense with the visually striking. Inspired by likeminded artists
such as Robert Rauschenberg, a pioneer remembered for his diverse fusion of imagery from diverse
sources without boundaries or restraint, Miller’s paintings and photographs are similarly liberated to
speak and analyze politically while engaging viewers imaginatively and viscerally.
Recognized as an early pioneer of the Sci-Art movement, Miller has shown his work in more than 50
solo exhibitions, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Rose Art
Museum, the Centre International d’Art Visuels CARGO in Marseilles, and the CAPC Musée d’Art
Contemporain de Bordeaux. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum, the
Bronx Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Everson Museum of Art. In 2004 Miller, who
has lived and worked between Eastern Long Island and New York City since 1975, was honored as a
New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellow.
Gardy Bloemers and Nick Duke, Sr.