Adam D. Miller & Devon Oder
August 6 - September 11, 2016
The Pit is pleased to present MythMAKER, a 2-person exhibition in The Pit II. This is a special exhibition for us, as it features work in dialogue by The Pit’s founders Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder. MythMAKER is being launched at a seminal moment for The Pit, as it will run concurrently with the group exhibition We Like Explosions, an exhibition introducing our newly announced roster of represented artists. As an artist run gallery, it was decided to do an exhibition with the work of The Pit’s founders in order to bring their practices and output into this moment for our program.
Miller and Oder’s artistic output continually overlaps, creating an ongoing conversation throughout their lives both as a married couple but also as artists sharing their studios, as curators, parents, and founders of The Pit. Each artist has a unique and idiosyncratic approach to art making, Oder is a photographer and Miller makes drawings, paintings, and objects, yet shared influences and experiences are apparent in each artist’s practice.
MythMAKER will feature a selection of black and white photographs by Oder centered on heightened moments found in nature in conversation with graphite drawings, and an installation of two totemic cast aluminum sculptures by Miller. Natural and biological forms such as shells and tree stumps found in Oder’s photographs make a circuitous conversation with Miller’s symbolic vocabulary central to the drawing’s compositions and sculptural forms. Although aesthetically their artwork looks quite different, the underlying themes found in both create an investigation of life, death, transcendence, suffering, and joy through a psychedelic lens filtering aspects and tropes of cultural output such as film, as well as historical influences (both art and social histories).
A perfect bound limited edition Risograph printed book will be made to accompany the exhibition MythMAKER and will be released at an event at the gallery during the show’s run.
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