Visiting Artists Series: Tracy Miller and Hilary Harnishfeger
The AU Art Department brings two Brooklyn-based artists to campus to teach and exhibit. Curated by Tim Doud. Tracy Miller is known for her still-life paintings of food. She simultaneously paints abstract networks of shapes, where recognizable objects double as dumb forms, flat and impenetrable. The paintings house a chaotic array of foods and flowers, at once delectable and disgusting in their abundance. She makes paintings that flirt with conventions of landscape, still-life, abstraction, and representation. Hilary Harnischfeger makes wall-mounted compositions as well as sculptures. She employs varied materials in her wall-works such as paper, plaster, clay, ink, and chunks of rock and quartz to create tactilely seductive pieces that straddle the line between two- and three-dimensionality. In her freestanding sculptures, she mines the meeting point between abstraction and materiality, using clay to lend her objects a fleshy, corporeal quality.