Artist: Treg Miller
Dates: April 27 – June 22, 2024
Artist Reception: April 27, 2024 6-8pm
Treg Miller’s first major solo exhibition in Dallas, Texas will open at Umbrella Gallery on April 27, 2024. The exhibition will showcase the complete series of Treg Miller’s artworks that are based on color, line, shape and form-related datasets, and explore his fascination with the environments – physical, public, virtual, and multidimensional – that play an instrumental role in shaping his artistic vision. Merging collective memories of urban life and nature with a collection of materials invites a poetic and futuristic contemplation of purposeful human, nature, and machine collaborations.
Miller’s array of bright multi-layered works to an assemblage of paper, foam and wood on canvas demonstrate a uniquely dynamic relationship between art, machines and architecture in the future, activating multiple senses and evoking simultaneous belongings. The primary thread that runs throughout his groundbreaking visualizations featuring the juxtaposition of electrical power grids, farm lands and the massive concrete jungle of roadways is the utilization of line, shape and form as primary pigments to create enriched immersive environments. Miller’s depictions emit the sensation of power and light without the flame. Instead, they appear to glow.
For this exhibition, Miller will harness the rich and authentic colors of nature, the lines and shapes of Texas’ freeways and roadways, and the forms of electrical power grids that keep us connected and running. The exhibition will also feature Miller’s iconic Florals that emphasizes our embeddedness in nature and presents an entirely new and poetic way of connecting to it. During the past year, Miller has focused on painting, creating resonant works based on his personal photographic images of the world around him. These sensuous, colorful and powerful yet simplistic paintings hover between the real and the imaginary. The exhibition will feature new paintings that combine Miller’s continuous use of bold color and straightforward shapes using various materials and differing themes.
About the Artist
Treg Miller (b. 1970, South Bend, Indiana) is a renowned visual artist, and professional PGA golf instructor. As an artist, his work locates creativity at the intersection of humans, happiness and the world around us. Taking in the data of our daily surroundings as primary material, Miller offers radical visualizations of our experiential memories and expands the possibilities of the arts, architecture, narrative, and the body in motion. From Miller’s site-specific public art works in McKinney, Texas to his commissioned paintings on canvas sold privately all over the world, Miller’s works take many forms, while encouraging us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, our collective experience, and the potential power of machines in the future.
Miller’s contemporary modern art style is abstract, bold and rich in color. He sees the world as a collection of colors and shapes. Miller’s art features paper, foam and wood precisely cut and sculpted onto canvas or wood panels. Hard edge lines are created by using a pencil, ruler, tape, and glue. This allows Miller to capture two dimensional work on a flat surface. Miller is attracted to everyday objects and the vast physical geography of America. Miller was raised in the Midwest, moved to the west coast as a teenager in California, went to college both in Texas to play golf and California to study art and after his marriage moved to Montana where they raised their two daughters. During his time in Montana, Miller decided to pick up the paintbrush more often than a golf club (although he has used his clubs to make art). The big skies of Montana enabled Miller to find joy in painting ordinary everyday objects in bright and bold colors that focus primarily on the line and shape of things. Miller moved back to Texas to find a bigger audience for his art.