Brad Miller @ Cabana Home, Santa Barbara


July 16, 2011 - September 3, 2011

Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, presents a solo exhibition with Los Angeles based artist Brad Miller. Using the elements of clay, wood and fire, Miller creates three interconnected yet discrete bodies of work that suggest the life generating systems found in nature.  His installation of branching porcelain sculptures, burned wood panels inscribed with bisymmetric forms, and carved clay vessels evoke the cellular patterns that are the very genesis of life.  The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay contributed by noted curator Jo Lauria.

A naturalist at heart, Miller constructs and presents his insights into the fundamental mechanisms of existence.  He continues to build upon these universal relationships which have appeared in various contexts throughout his career.  Immersive in scale and yet all together new in form; Miller engages the viewer in an experimental journey traversing fire, water, earth and sentient cells. Offering compelling evidence of his own evolutionary theory, he juxtaposes sultry and bisymmetric patterns on burned wood panels against a reef of coral-like porcelain branching forms.  Opposite these are polished clay vessels that call to mind cellular or atomic structures.

Using a vocabulary of ceramics, steel and wood to manipulate and construct his creations, Miller harnesses and applies fire as the catalyst to transform each medium.  It is this proclivity that mirrors the earth’s own volatile birth of primordial formations.  To recreate both the subtle and explosive quality entailed in such processes; Miller has spent years experimenting and refining his techniques to serve his creative objectives, including creating his own kiln and experimenting with a range of butane torches.  Unified in concept, each component represented in the exhibition has, at one point or another, been subjected to burning, polishing, tumbling, or carving.

Brad Miller has exhibited nationally, and his work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Denver Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. Primordial Algorithms is the second solo exhibition in Los Angeles for the artist, following more than thirty years after his debut at the Craft and Folk Art Museum for which Buckminster Fuller wrote, “When I encounter work so conceptualized and communicated as that of Bradley Miller’s, I hasten to bid others to observe his work and I am confident that they too will be equally inspired by it”. The same museum will feature his work in their upcoming Pacific Time exhibition entitled, The Golden State of Craft: California 1960s - 1980s. Brad Miller pursued his graduate studies at the University of Oregon. Miller was the executive director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO from 1984 to 1992. He currently maintains a studio in Venice Beach, CA.


Brad Miller, Primordial Algorithms, is the eighth in an on-going sequence of exhibitions organized by gallerist Edward Cella of Edward Cella Art + Architecture in collaboration with Caroline and Steven Thompson, principals of Cabana Home.  Through regular presentation of new and notable contemporary artists in Santa Barbara, the ongoing series seeks to open a dialog between artists and collectors in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and beyond. 

Quick Info:


July 16th, 2011 through September 3, 2011


Artist Talk by Brad Miller
Saturday, July 16th, 2011/ 4:00pm



Saturday, July 16th, 2011/4:30-6:00pm

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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