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John M. Miller, Waning, 1993, Magna acrylic on unprimed canvas, 77 5/8 x 116".

John M. Miller

Margo Leavin Gallery

John M. Miller, Waning, 1993, Magna acrylic on unprimed canvas, 77 5/8 x 116".

LA-based artist John M. Miller has been painting the same painting since 1973: alternating rows of diagonal lines staggered across the canvas to occupy pictorial space as an allover pattern—a crowded tally of leaning digits that, like so many tick marks on the wall, allude to the occupation of time. Produced in 1993 and 1994, the seven works on view in this show, wistfully titled “Yesterdays,” demonstrated the artist’s superlatively disciplined approach. Each painting had been meticulously handpainted with Magna acrylic on raw canvas in monochrome according to a finely tuned palette, restricted here to white and shades of off-black tinged so subtly with blue or violet that the differences between tones were otherwise sensed as much as seen. In many instances, two or more panels of equivalent dimensions (and, as always, equivalent design) but contrasting color had been precisely

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