Newport Beach

Robert Millar

Newport Harbor Art Museum

Robert Millar’s environments seem a hybrid of “California Light and Space” and “finish fetish” esthetics, filtered through the antithetical post-Minimalist predilections for material integrity and situationist ephemerality. This view is partly a result of his obvious interest in the mutual contingencies of light, form, and space as perceptual signifiers. Closer acquaintance reveals a strategy more aligned with what disciples of Gilles Deleuze would call “multiplicity and proliferation.” In this case, specificities—this material object in this space—do not remain constant but are perpetually transformed beyond the immediate parameters of form and site through the inevitability of sensory and conceptual duration. Each work triggers associations with other works/materials/sites so that it modifies, and is in turn transformed by, an ever-changing whole.

Here Millar employed a variety of

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