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Artist(s): Darren Lee Miller, United States

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Proposal Title: 4000 and Counting, 02/08/2009, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: For this installation, I will construct an all-white office space, litter the floor with a carpet of shredded paper, and string more than 4000 white cardboard tags beneath blue-white lights. Each tag contains the name of one American fatality in the Iraq war, written with disappearing ink and carefully hung to form a ceiling of rustling leaves over the viewer's head. Writing and hanging the tags is an action performed in the space once a week, and an ideal version of the action is recorded in the still image which accompanies the installation. The installation was on exhibit for one month at GASP Gallery in Brookline, Massachusetts (from May 25 - June 30, 2007). http://www397.pair.com/gasp1/ By the end of that time I had added over 100 tags, corresponding to ongoing military deaths. (The total number is now 4239.) Gallery visitors were encouraged to participate in writing names and hanging tags, and instructions were included as part of the installation to make it possible. The painted white furniture brought to mind words like "cover-up" and "whitewash," while the carpet of shredded paper encouraged connotations of secrecy, redaction, and begged the question, "who's counting the Iraqi deaths?"

Artist's Biography: Darren Lee Miller's work has been shown in galleries throughout Boston and New York state, and was recently featured in Universe publishing's The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions. Miller is gallery director and assistant professor of art at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Miller completed his MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University.

Artist's Website: http://www.darrenleemiller.com

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