TYPE

 

Hang-Up Gallery's upcoming exhibition TYPE is to feature a range of Harland Miller's highly sought after, comical artwork alongside three other renowned, contemporary artists... David Shrigley, The Connor Brothers and Banksy. Be sure to RSVP for the private view, HERE. It is not an event to be missed. 

 

TYPE TYPE TYPE 🙌🏼 Introducing Hang-Up’s New Highly Anticipated Exhibition TYPE. Opening 16 March - 6 May. This awesome exhibition will consist of a collection of text based artworks by Harland Miller @davidshrigley @connorbrothersofficial and @banksy 💥 Read this weeks blog to find out more! @connorbrothersofficial @davidshrigley @banksy #HangUpGallery #NewExhibition #EpicExhibition #WatchThisSpace #RSVP #ComingSoon #TextBased #ContemporaryArt #HarlandMiller #Banksy #TheConnorBrothers #DavidShrigley #ThingstodoinLondon #ArtWorld #LondonLife #MustSeeArt

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Harland Miller 

 

Harland Miller's love for text is blatant when looking at his artwork. As both a writer and an artist, he cleverly combines sarcastic language with image to highlight the frequent disconnect between reality and representation.

 

This print by Harland Miller grabs the attention of many... We can see why! ‘Happiness: The Case Against’ 😍🙌🏼

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Above: Harland Miller, Happiness: The Case Against

 


Harland Miller looking epic on display at Hang-Up!


Above: Harland Miller, Killing Bondage

 

This incredible new Harland Miller, ‘Love A Decisive Blow Against If’, has arrived here at Hang-Up! 👏🏼 #PenguinBooks #HarlandMiller #LoveADecisiveBlowAgainstIf #ArtistProof #HangUpGallery #London #GalleryLife #ScreenPrint

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Above: Harland Miller, Love A Decisive Blow Against If 

 

Harland Miller as a Writer

 

Miller was a writer before he was an artist. He wrote a series of successful books, including 'Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty', which received a lot of praise after its publication in 2000. Following this, in 2002 The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston named Miller Writer in Residence. 

Despite his success as a writer, Harland Miller described himself in an interview with Jessica Draper for Studio International as "an artist who has written a book and some journalism and short stories along the way, rather than a writer who paints."   

 

"I think I can say with confidence that I am a frustrated writer and maybe I am holding on to that frustration because that is what is coming out in the paintings here."

 

He continues... "I think I can say with confidence that I am a frustrated writer and maybe I am holding on to that frustration because that is what is coming out in the paintings here. Most of the text in my work presents as a reference to literature and these are all potential titles for stories. I really like the short story genre, and I think of each one of these as a potential story, the title for a story that I could one day write, though I probably never will, which is a story in itself."

 

Harland Miller | The Me I Never Knew | We are absolutely obsessed with this wicked print by Harland Miller - Available Now! #HarlandMiller #TheMeINeverKnew #NeedInMyLife #Want #LimitedEdition #ScreenPrint #HangUpGallery #Keeper #PenguinPlays

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Above: Harland Miller, The Me I Never Knew (you can view our available work by Harland Miller HERE)

Above: Harland Miller, High on Hope on display at Hang-Up Gallery. Click HERE to browse our website

 

Miller's Penguin Book Series

 

This series stems from when Harland Miller found a box of Penguin Books outside a book shop in Notre Dame when he lived in Paris. He discusses this in an interview for Studio International (read by clicking here), saying "the design of those classics would throw all focus on to the title of the book - which is exactly what I wanted to do." 

Miller prefers not to explain the reasoning behind his Penguin Book titles. He believes people bring out their own individual meaning from a text, which results in forming a personal relationship with the artwork, which he does not wish to dispute.

 

Feeling lonely on this rainy Saturday? Come to see us, we'll cheer you up! 🤗 #harlandmiller #hangupgallery #weekend #london #stokenewington #lonelysoul #lookingood

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Above: Harland Miller, International Lonely Guy

 

Fresh in the gallery Harland Miller’s ‘Too Cool To Lose’ 😎 #harlandmiller #toocooltolose #fresh #screenprint #10colour #penguinbooks #availablenow #mondaymotivation #hangupgallery #artdaily #want #wishlist #getintouch #stokenewington #london

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Above: Harland Miller, Too Cool To Lose

 

Dark, British Humour

 

 

There is an interesting video where Miller talks about his Penguin Book Series and his use of dark, British humour that you can view by clicking HERE.

Miller began to create artwork which was a humorous amalgamation of text and image. Take for instance his piece 'This is Where it's Fuckin At', which was displayed at Soho House in LA.

 


Above: Harland Miller, This Is Where It's Fuckin At, on display at Soho House, LA.

 

Much of the humour in Miller's artwork arises from the sharp, blunt tone of the text. Surprisingly, Miller describes achieving this brevity to be "a real challenge" as a writer, which causes much of his work to be "qualified with a subtext", which he describes as "a writer's thing. It's a theatrical quality. There is a subtext, which is Brechtian. That is what is so good about the titles with a secondary title."

Considering the context of Soho House as a membership club full of insiders, this is a particularly humorous artwork. The small text 'at least it used to be', which sits underneath the larger type, makes the viewer feel very much like an outsider.

 

"Text that hits you with itself - like wham!"

 

In his interview for Studio International, Miller says "there is a lot of text that hits you with itself - like wham! Something you would see in passing but with no secondary or context." This is true of the above piece, however some onlookers may not read the smaller print and therefore miss out on his satyrical message.

Soho House in London also displays some of Harland Miller's awesome work...


Above: Harland Miller, There's No Business Like No Business

 

 

Ta-da 👏 Fresh Harland Miller in the gallery | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This Ones For You #availablenow #fresh #framed #harlandmiller #whereveryouarewhateveryouredoing #screenprint #limitededition #bright #pink #colourful #midweekpickmeup #penguin #signed #thursdaymotivation #hangupgallery

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Above: Harland Miller, Wherever You are Whatever You're doing This one's for you

 

Harland Miller at Auction

 

This combination of trite everyday experiences with a twist of dark British humour has been a tremendous hit. Auction results demonstrate the power of image and text as people from across the globe lap up his witty artwork. In the past year we have seen Miller's work go for impressive sums. We can see why!

 

We are having a very busy Monday morning here at Hang-Up..! Be sure to come and see us this week. We are open Tuesday to Sunday 12-6pm 🤗 #manicmondays #hangupgallery #harlandmiller #afisttocryon #penguinplays #theconnorbrothers #tellmebeautifuluntruethings #dalston #london #hackney #stokenewington #art #gallerylife #mondayfeels #wantit #crailmoansburg #punch #harris

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Above: Harland Miller, A Fist To Cry On alongside  Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things by the Connor Brothers...Browse work we have available by The Connor Brothers by clicking HERE.

 

 

Starting the day right at Hang-Up ☕️...admiring this fantastic piece by Harland Miller. Make sure you get down and see us today! We are open 12-6. #coffee #sunday #wakeupandsmellthecoffee #sundayfunday #galleryvisit #gallery #gallerylife #hackney #london #art #wantit #ownit #youcanrelyonmeillalwaysletyoudown #penguinbooks #hangupgallery #hanguppictures #weekend #weekendvibes #stokenewington #dalston #love

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Above: Harland Miller, You Can Rely On Me I'll Always Let You Down.

 

So there we have it... Thanks for reading this weeks blog on Harland Miller in relation to TYPE. If you have any questions don't hesitate to email info@hanguppictures.com or phone in on 02036674550.  

Over 'n out!

Hang-Up Team 

 

 

 

 

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