CHARLESTON — A solo exhibition of work by Justin Henry Miller, who grew up near Arcola, is open at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.
Miller will speak in the Tarble atrium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
"The Afterglow: Recent Paintings by Justin Henry Miller" will be on display through Nov. 4. Admission to the talk and exhibition is free.
Miller has garnered a fair amount of recognition since graduating from EIU about a decade ago and earning a master of fine arts degree from Notre Dame in 2006. He received Chicago gallery representation shortly thereafter, with the Aron Packer Gallery and then the Zg Gallery.
Miller's art has been described as "meticulously rendered, finely wrought realist sci-fi fantasies of a bio-medical graveyard that take place in the (maybe not so distant) future: after the experiments have concluded and the labs have been abandoned."
Miller has become increasingly interested in closing the gap between science fiction and fact. While growing up on a horse farm near Arcola, he witnessed "the hyper manipulation of nature and natural process for human use," he said.
"Cloning, transgenic breeding, surrogate mothering, surgical augmentation and food modification are just a handful of supposed advances that have sparked my imagination. I approach my work by imaging the experiments that have gone awry and try to create a world where the byproducts resist expiration."
Miller's work is the subject of the book "Remnants of a Radiant Tomorrow" (2010) and was the topic of a feature article in Blue Canvas magazine. He has received favorable mentions in New City Art (Chicago), Chicago Art magazine, Paul Kline's Art Letter and The Chicago Tribune.
Miller is currently an assistant professor of studio art at Southeast Missouri State University.