SOUTHFIELD is very pleased to announce Electric Banquet, an exhibition featuring Adam D. Miller and Nora Shields. The exhibition runs from February 24 - March 24 with an opening reception February 24 from 6 - 9. In conjunction with the gallery presentation Miller, Shields and SOUTHFIELD have produced a publication which accompanies the exhibition featuring a text by Trinie Dalton.
“A fleeting sunset thought that stuck: admiring dueling battles between Costa’s hummingbirds fighting at my row of backyard feeders, I wondered if (with added sugar water reservoirs) Nora Shields’ metal sculptures would attract my favorite tiny vicious pollinators. Hummingbird feeder design is a regular preoccupation of mine, as are pistil-stamen compositions that invite either single or multiple birds into their folds, crevices, and color contours, much like Shields’ creations, which transform sheet metal, wire, cardboard, and rivet into biomorphic collisions occupying space between orchid blossoms, fancy tailored dresses, and aerospace industry wreckage smeared with nail polish and lipstick....the daydream shifted to how pairing her sculptures with Adam Miller’s three new large-scale “quilt pieces”—drawings that feature grids of rough, speedy, no-regret pencil slashes, picture a knife-fight that’s more like a dance-floor battle in which everyone showcased is a winner.” Trinie Dalton, 2018.
Adam D. Miller (1982, Bellevue, WA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and received a MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA and a BA from California State University of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA. Miller has had solo and two person exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, Rocksbox Fine Art, Portland, OR and The Pit II, Los Angeles, CA in addition to participating in many international and regional group exhibitions. Miller is also the co-founder of the artist run gallery The Pit.
Nora Shields (born Pittsburgh, PA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and received a MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA and a BA (HONS) in Art History from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand as well as a BA in Art History and English Literature, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Shields recently had a solo exhibition at The Pit II, Los Angeles, CA as well as participated in groups exhibitions at Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA and Regina Rex, New York, NY.