The reception and official opening of "Recent Findings" by Joseph E. Miller is Jan. 25, 2006 from 7:30–9 p.m. The exhibition will run from Jan. 25 through Feb. 22.
These 18 collages were found during the course of my graduate studies at the University of Iowa. The process imposed on each is solely intuitive and is concerned with finding form, not creating it. Popular contemporary magazines and tourist guides are cut into shards which are then scattered on the floor to rest at random. I do no further repositioning of the fragmented pages. When I find I am stimulated by an element or a number of elements ( i.e., color, line, texture, type, image ) whose configuration I find attractive, I move in closer by kneeling to the ground. With two L-shaped cropping tools in hand I claim territory in the name of conception. A new matrix grid is born in all the findings. Their structural integrity can be devoted to any design project I might encounter. These intuitive collages are safety-nets which reaffirm my ability to perceive through exploration that which is precious and worth preserving.
Biography: Joseph E. Miller
Bachelor of Science Degree - Viterbo University
M.A. - University of Iowa
M.F.A. - University of Iowa
Joseph earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Iowa in 2005. During his graduate program, Joseph had the opportunity to assist in teaching higher-level undergraduates with aesthetics and principles in the fields of graphic design, typography, photography, and historical bookbinding.
Joseph produced a lower case typeface reminiscent of the Garamond family in fulfillment of his graduate degree.
Joseph began his career as a part-time instructor of graphic design in the Department of Art and Design at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Demo: “Joe’s Books”
Thursday, Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. room 301
Brief demonstrations of simple Western bookbinding techniques and uses, including the Vade Mecum.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.