Sam Miller’s “Night Windows” at the Schlesinger Center Gallery

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Cold Moonlight is 12x12x7, acrylic on clay and wood with LED lighting.

You are invited to the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery to see Sam Miller’s “Night Windows,” lighted sculpture. This exhibition will run from Friday, November 16 to Thursday, December 20.

The opening reception will be Sunday, November 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with artist’s talk at 5 p.m.

“Night Windows” is an exhibition of three-dimensional, mixed media constructions in lighted boxes. Miller relies on his training in physics and optics to design his “Night Windows” pieces.  The pieces are to some degree theatrical, inspired in part by his work in set design.  Some of the structures themselves are constructed from wood and individual clay bricks the way a bricklayer or carpenter would.  The figures are sculpted from live models.

Miller’s “Night Windows” are found in various buildings and vehicles, often inhabited by figures.  Sensors trigger illumination of the mysterious windows in the darkened gallery as the viewer approaches.  The viewer/voyeur is invited to imagine stories behind the lives of the people in the abstracted interiors in the lighted windows.  The artist “would be happy for the viewer to see the windows as several blocks down and an extra dimension away from Hopper’s Nighthawks.”

In December, 2011, Sam’s Night Windows piece, “Hotel Wescott,” won the Alexandria Art League’s Adam Wishnow Memorial Award for Creativity and Innovation. Work in other media can be viewed at his website.

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, and is named for local artist, the late Margaret “Peggy” Fisher, and her husband, Joseph Fisher. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during performances.

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