Including collaborative works with Lisa Helfert.
Jonathan Miller has been conceiving and building constructivist kinetic sculpture for the past 20 years. One part Bauhaus, one part whimsy and one part divine engineering, his work is grounded in early 20th century modernism, with reflections of the aesthetic spirits of Aleksandr Rodchenko, El Lissitzky and László Moholy-Nagy. For Miller, creating sculpture is an extension of the process of personal evolution. The spatial interaction of the internal gears generates interactive and ever-shifting external parts; the circular forms present in his work lead the viewer toward a changeable sense of harmony and completeness.
As a scientist and engineer by profession, the technical details involved in these sculptures - the design, materials, tools, adhesives, techniques, fasteners, bearings, etc. - have been a topic of obsession over the years for the artist. Miller has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Macalester College, and a MS in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.
Mr. Miller has exhibited sculpture in several shows and exhibitions in the Washington, DC area, including:
• February 11, 2006 – Washington Project for the Arts 25th Annual Art Auction Gala at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC: Centerpiece artist.
• February, 2008 – Torpedo Factory Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Kinetic Image: A New Media Juried Exhibition.
• October 15-30, 2011 – The Fridge, Washington, DC: Interactive Kinetic Art and Photographic Images. Joint exhibit of 21 kinetic sculptures, all of which sold.