Rob Miller is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and since September 2016 has been focusing on practice full time. He gained a Sculpture Degree from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1993, followed by an MA in Graphic Media [UAL] in 2007, and works primarily using sand-cast lead. Interests include the illusive status of objects & things, the condition of repetition, temporal anxiety the Anthropocene dilemma.
CV & Education
My current practice involves pattern-making, sand-casting and the appropriation of the status of lead with its alchemical & arcane associations. The frustrations of using an iterative process that fails more often than it succeeds further draws down on this alchemical association. The speed at which new lead tarnishes to a dull, ubiquitous and light-consuming grey is perhaps a suitable metaphor for the [ultimate] fallacy of our endeavours. Leads weight and neurological toxicity conflicts with its supreme malleability and stoic resistance to environmental decay – beautifully antithetical conditions.
Text > The grey-everyday seduces through conformity and standardisation. Our malleability through habit, ritual and tradition confirms that we are simply pattern processing machines, born out of pattern and destined to live out our lives as pattern. Familiarity and pattern give meaning to life, cushioning our inherent time-dependency and allowing us to deal with the urgency of life. We expect repeatability and consume consistency. Confirmation through repeatability qualifies our endeavours – pattern is control and safety; it is titanic, ubiquitous and blind. Pattern gives continuity without consideration – it simply is.
MA Fine Art (Graphic Media) University of the Arts, London (Wimbledon) 2007
Research Paper: Time the Comedy Villain & Convergent Temporalities [the time-condition of the digital video-loop].
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) Wimbledon School of Art, 1993
Dissertation: Studies in Colour Perception [colour in sculpture, colour as sculpture].
PGCE, in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Greenwich University, 2004
2016 – The Somme, Part II, Acid Drop Copse Collective, ArtMoorHouse, London
2016 – The Somme, Part I, Acid Drop Copse Collective, Honeywood Museum Charshalton
2015 – Co_Laboratory, London
2015 – Beers Lambert, shortlisted for Contemporary Visions VI
2015 – Velocity:11, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London
2013 – The Itinerants, The Old Police Station, New Cross, London
2013 – London Calling, Shoreditch, Factory-Art, Berlin [Catalogue published]
2013 – Open West, Newark Park and Cheltenham Art Gallery + Museum [Catalogue published]
2013 – The London Group Centenary, [Catalogue published]
2013 – Aesthetica Art Prize (long listed), Aesthetica Magazine, York [Anthology Catalogue published]
2012 – Time Will Come, part of Project Berlin, Factory-Art, Berlin [Catalogue published]
2012 – Solo Award, WW Gallery, London [Catalogue published]
2011 – Mostyn Open, Mostyn Oriel Gallery
2011 – Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery, part of the UK at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice [Catalogue published]
2010 – Art Star Supermarket, London Art Fair, WW Gallery
2010 – In Time, Blue Print, UAL, High Holborn, London
2009 – Time, WW Gallery, London
2009 – The London Group Open, Part 2, Menier Gallery, London
2008 – Raw & Un-Curated, Polish Deconstruction, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2008 – Hungry Eyes, video screening, Gallery 38, Oxford
2007 – Sub, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2006 – Currents, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2004 – The Visitors, Andre Demedts Gallery, Belgium
2003 – Kingston Open, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston [winner]
2000 – Variations, Penny School Gallery, London
1999 – Works in Progress, Penny School Gallery, London
1999 – À la rentrée, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston
1995 – 7th China International Photographic Expo, Beijing, China
1995 – Handshake, St Margaret’s, Norwich,
1995 – Open Studio, Oaks Park, Sutton,
1994 – Open Studio, Warrior Studio, Brixton
1993 – COOLTAN Arts, Summer Expo, Brixton, (co-curator )
1993 – Gallery Dagmar Expo, London
1992 – The Leicestershire Collection
1991 – Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon
1989 – Sculpture & Forestry Open Day, Croydon
Recent employment & professional experience:
Programme Leader BA (Hons) Art & Design, FdA in Art & Design, Kingston College (validated by Kingston University) 2009 – 2016.
Lecturer, Art & Design, Kingston College (Sept 06 / Sept 09)
0.5 Lecturer (0.5 Technical Instructor) Kingston College, (Sept 05 / Aug 06)
Sessional Lecturer, Art and Design, Kingston College, (Sept 04 / Aug 05)
2016 – Awarded the status of Senior Fellow, HEA
2016 – Appointed External Examiner, Ba (Hons) Designer-Maker, Hasting Coast College, Brighton University.
2015 – Higher Education Academic Board (Kingston College)
2014 – QAA Higher Education Review (panel member)
2013 – Re-approval of the Ba (Hons) Art & Design provision, Kingston University 2011 – Re-approval of the FdA in Art & Design provision, Kingston University
2012 – Validation (commendations) of the BA (Hons)Art & Design top-up provision, Kingston University
2011 – Appointed as External Examiner, FDA Contemporary Creative Practice, Cornwall College (2011 / 2014)
2011 – External Academic on FDA Contemporary, Cornwall College Creative Practice validation panel.
2011 – Subject specialist teaching mentor, (for PGCE candidates) Kingston College