Mindy Yan Miller
From September 5th 1996 to October 12th 1996 Leningrad 1996
Mindy Yan Miller’s work has consistently dealt with issues surrounding mortality, memory and labour. Her work has typically been labour-intensive and repetitive, and has utilized potent materials such as used clothing and human hair.
The work presented here diverges from this pattern both in its production and its materiality. Industrially fabricated from stock materials, "Leningrad" takes the form of an "agit-prop" and re-presents a textile pattern created during Russian revolution ( "a time when artists could still believe that a productive interaction between art, industry and the masses was possible" – M.Y.M). The image of a mechanically tilled field also reminds us of a time when social progress was conflated with mastery over nature.
As a kind of updated but stilted propaganda machine "Leningrad" works both as an appeal to politic engagement, and a reflection on its terms.
-Press release (Optica)
Born in 1958 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Mindy Yan Miller studied textile design with Naoko Furue. She operated a sucessful design business for several years before returning to Nova scotia College of Art and Design to complete her MFA in 1990. She now lives in Montreal.
Yan Miller has participated in numerous exhibitions across Canada and abroad. Recent exhibitions include "Bereft" (1996) at Hallwalls in Buffalo N.Y., "Définition, situation, expiration" (1995) at the Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, "Papa" (1995) a solo video installation at B312, Montreal, "I Killed Jesus" (1994) at W139 Amsterdam, "Justice in the Flesh" (1994) group show curated by Stephen Horne, at Articule, Montreal, "Textiles, That is to Say" (1994), at the Textiles Museum in Toronto and the OR Gallery, Vancouver and "Mindel (every word their name)" (1993), a solo exhibition at YYZ in Toronto.