Trent Miller is inspired by the sculptures of Emery Blagdon, an outsider artist whose “healing machines” have been preserved in the permanent collection of the John Michael Arts Center. The central armatures from this series resemble circus tents, towers, and cages. The form, somewhere between a living thing and a machine, not fully abstract and not completely representational, explores how empty space works within and around the structure. Miller embraces the idea of art as a positive force for the viewer.
Trent Miller grew up in Indiana and earned an MFA in painting at Boston University. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, young son, and numerous animals. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including his show Spindrift and Tether at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, now through February 24th, 2013.