Ted Miller , Event Horizon, 2007; acrylic and oil on wood, metal and fiberglass, 8 7/8 x 67 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches; Purchase, 2008
Merriam-Webster defines an event horizon as the surface of a black hole: the boundary of a black hole beyond which nothing can escape from within it. Ted Miller's work, Event Horizon, was featured in the exhibition series 2:2 in 2007. Although Miller's work frequently takes a three-dimensional form, his background and self-identification are that of a painter. Utilizing shifts in form he gives the viewer a non-traditional way to approach the surface and paint layers. He explains his philosophy in the following artist’s statement from his 2:2 exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center:
For the last fourteen years I have been exploring the intersection of painting and object. This began with a simple shift in the picture plane of a two-dimensional painting, the root source of my work. I still consider these as paintings, but ones which require multiple picture planes. The process, from conception to building to resolution, is a defined in building and a response in the treatment of the surface. I embrace within that process an approach which answers both to my prior conception and the necessity of the object before me. The paint may act as a guide; or it may reinforce, divert or correct in response the ‘object’. This dynamic which exists among notion, process and resolution has a parallel in the experience of the observer of objects which hold visual information not immediately available upon first exposure. This in turn mirrors the process of perception itself as an elusive and active enterprise.