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Arna Miller Solo Pop-Up Exhibition: Stop Pouring Gasoline on the Fire, and Other Stories About Cats"

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Saturday, 7 September 2019 to Saturday, 28 September 2019
Saturday, 7 September 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

“Stop Pouring Gasoline on the Fire, and Other Stories About Cats” 

A solo exhibition by Arna Miller

Opening Reception: September 7th, 6 - 9pm

On view: September 7th - 28th, 2019


Spoke Art is pleased to present Stop Pouring Gasoline on the Fire, and Other Stories About Cats, a solo pop-up exhibition by Denver-based artist Arna Miller. The artist returns to Spoke Art with a new collection of screen prints featuring her trademark animal characters paired with humorous text.


By utilizing animals as her main characters, Miller is able to transform narrative scenes from sensible to comically absurd. These animals - squirrels, frogs, monkeys - are thrown out of their natural elements and humanized within domestic scenarios. What was once commonplace and respectable becomes charmingly ludicrous. 


Her most notable character - the cat - lends itself to a particular absurdity and relatability. Miscreants in their own right, their stubborn autonomy and disregard for consequence resonate with her human audience; by using cats to explore the humor and accidental charm in everyday moments, Miller convincingly proposes to us all that mistakes are just a part of life. 


Inspired by Victorian-era postcards and ephemera, the soft color palette and illustrative style of this new collection evoke nostalgia and familiarity. This gentle aesthetic is contrasted with comical narrative text, further humanizing her absurd animal characters. Drawing on humor as a participatory tool, these moral narratives serve to minimize the apparent gravity of self-inflicted human suffering. Miller’s audience cannot help but personally resonate with these strong-willed cats who deliberately disregard the potential consequences of their actions and rebound from their mistakes with lovable absurdity and charming resolve.


Please join us Saturday, September 7th from 6 - 9pm for the opening reception of the Stop Pouring Gasoline on the Fire, and Other Stories About Cats. For more information, or additional images, please email us at sf@spoke-art.com.  


WHAT : Stop Pouring Gasoline On The Fire, And Other Stories About Cats

WHEN : Opening Reception: September 7th, 6 - 9pm I On View: September 7th - 28th, 2019 

WHERE : Spoke Art Gallery I 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109



Spoke Art is an art space specializing in new contemporary painting, sculpture and illustration with an emphasis in accessible programming. Started in 2010, the gallery has a permanent space in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighborhood in addition to popup exhibitions, art fairs and conventions around the country and internationally.


ARNA MILLER : https://arnamiller.com
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE : https://www.facebook.com/events/347549796129663/

SPOKE ART : http://www.spoke-art.com

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816 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

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