With a retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein due at the Tate Modern early next year, here’s a chance to see works by someone who has clearly been inspired by him.
Greg Miller is an American artist who seeks out or even sometimes finds items on the street that remind him of days gone by and integrates them into multi-layered works that take their influence from both pop art and street art.
His bright and bold creations feature iconic comic book characters like Wonder Woman and adverts for Tootsie rolls and other products that hark back to days of simpler, plainer advertising. Miller tries to cram as much on to each as possible with even the sides being covered in comic book panels or pages from novels.
This exhibition is clearly a nostalgic look back to Miller’s youth where he took many road trips and these scenes are condensed reminders of his experiences. But the pieces are in a state of decay with parts rubbed out and other areas that have been painted over. This transience and impermanence is perhaps a reference to an acceptance that the world has changed and life has moved on, or to the fact that these childhood memories are fading.
These works have all the eye-catching appeal of pop art but there is a much more personal touch to them, and it’s clear they represent an important time in the artist’s life. This coupled with the crossover between art styles gives this exhibition both a familiar and unique feel.
Greg Miller: Four Corners is on display at Scream, 27-28 Eastcastle St, W1W 8DH until 5 January. Entrance is free.