Miles participated in our STATE OF THE ARTS 2011 PRODUCING CHANGE event with 3D visual artist Brian Quandt and showcased “The Music Peace” as a 360 fulldome experience in The Vortex Dome. Congratulations Miles!
From ‘Civil Wrongs to Civil Rights’: Politics and Light Interplay in the Art of Miles Regis
Regis’s most current show at the Barnsdall Art Park “Civil Wrongs to Civil Rights” is at once culturally transcendent and energized by a rooted sense of personal and historical experience. Two pieces, “Zoo Capitalism” and “Follow Your Truth,” recall the aesthetic and political pageantry of Trinidad’s Carnival. “Subconsciously I feel like I’m almost doing costuming on canvas,” he says. “During Carnival there were always political statements being made with vibrant textures and colors.” Regis’s own canvasses are alive with thick black lines, figurative and free-form, and striking flashes of crimson, yellow and baby blue.
At the Barnsdall Gallery Theater exhibition Regis debuts two exciting new installations. The first is part found-object, part 3D art simulation. Regis constructs a four-foot box made with various pieces of scrap wood that he picked up randomly around LA, and painted over with what have become his signature one-eyed hieroglyphic figures. Installed within the box is a 3-D presentation visible only through carefully carved out peep-holes. Downstairs, Regis invites viewers into a large screening room for a 3-D filmed demonstration of his creative process. On-screen Regis’s swift hand movements and handsome demeanor are matched by his powerful, soothing voice showcased in his original musical compositions and a breathtaking cover of the classic “Both Sides Now.”
The video installation culminates in a three-dimensional presentation of one of Regis’s most important works in this series. In “The Music Peace” Regis’s textured, vibrant colors are not merely expressions of bold emotion and positivity, but together a courageous invitation for all to seek personal truth and unity of spirit. “Sometimes truth can be finding peace within your struggles.” His work is the perfect expression of who he is — courageous, powerful and multicolored — gathering us all in an artistic endeavor that values human spirit, connectedness and levity in the face of adversity.
Miles Regis’s “Civil Wrongs to Civil Rights” is on exhibit now through September 2012 at the Barnsdall Art Park at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027. Admission is free and by appointment only.