Saint Louis, MO

Warhol Foundation grant supports new exhibition by Nicole Miller

Tyrone Wallace

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts gave $75,000 grant to The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, to support a major new installation by contemporary artist Nicole Miller.

Miller is well-known for her expressive video and multimedia projects. Subjectivity, modes of mediation, agency, and racism are all topics she regularly explores. Miller's latest work is one of his most ambitious to date, will explore the concept of synesthesia through a complex multi-sensory choreography of elements. These include a 24-channel-soundscape and laser-light animation sequences, as well as a small pool of water and a fountain with programmable jets.

Working with young people, particularly youth of color, in ways that highlight their humanity and complexity is central to Miller's practice. The new installation builds on recent video ventures such as Athens, California (2016) and To the Stars (2019), both exploring on how societal pressures and the violence of racism influence the lives of youth growing up within the United States, including how they are seen by others.

Miller's immersive multi-channel soundscape will take the viewer around the exhibition area. Comprising a chorus of voices that includes teens from St. Louis as well as poets, writers, singers, educators, and historians discussing topics such as the imagination and what it means to be alive. These personal and private reflections will be transformed into light and water in what the artist describes as an "ecstatic translation".

Miller’s installation will have its premiere in spring 2022 in the Kemper Art Museum’s Garen Gallery. Meredith Malone will be the curator.

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