Miller’s Conceptual Art is based on transforming the prosaic. From his chamber music translation of vine residue on a garage wall, to utilization of record surface noise and transformation of traffic patterns in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, this has been a driving force behind his ideas. The rejected is reintegrated, and the abstract is made concrete. Sometimes ideas loop with humor. At other times, they spiral around Nature’s very existence and laugh in the face of traditional anthropocentric ideals. Civilization is both a wonderful mystery and a hoax.
In a different approach to conceptual art, the lyrics to Miller’s Mission of Burma song “Fame and Fortune” were employed by artist Joe Wardwell for his large mural, “Hello America: 40 Hits From 50 States”, installed at MassMoCA in 2017 and on view throughout 2019.
“The work begins with a silhouetted line of bare winter trees taken from the scenic vistas of the Berkshires. Over this, Wardwell paints a dusky post-apocalyptic landscape of yellows and blues. On top of it all, he layers large letters — a slogan camouflaged within the landscape, with lyrics such as punk band Mission of Burma’s “Fame and fortune is a stupid game / Fame and fortune is the game I play.” The final layer is a series of screen-printed texts — 40 texts for the top 40 hits — in repeated vertical bands.” – from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
“Hello America” by Joseph Wardwell. MassMoCA.