Laurie Pincus makes extremely large art and Scott Miller makes eensy-beensy art, yet their work has a number of things in common. Leaning heavily on pretty colors to make a potentially bitter pill palatable, Pincus and Miller are social commentators who cloak their observations in fantasy scenarios.
Miller's work is easily the tougher of the two. "Shoppin' For Satori," his new series of tiny watercolors, is a scathing indictment of the modern world. Working in an illustrative style reminiscent of the ornately embellished images one might find in a antique book of fairy tales, Miller lures the viewer into a horrific Hieronymous Bosch landscape polluted with heroin addiction, modern weaponry and half-wits driven mad with consumerist lust.
In "Paradise Becomes a Nation," a robotic war machine hatches out of a repulsive pink spore, while a chaotic image called "Enlightenment" depicting mutant livestock and piggish looking men cavorting in garbage is the very antithesis of the word. Miller's hopes for the future of mankind apparently aren't too high and in light of the evidence he presents, it's hard to argue with him.
While Miller frets about the future, Laurie Pincus is adrift in a dream of the past. You know the dream--it's the Art Deco Nick and Nora Charles Dream. There are lots of big yellow moons in Pincus' work, lots of ladies with vampy Veronica Lake hair, too. Working with acrylic and wood, Pincus fashions free-standing, larger-than-life wooden figures that put one in mind of props in a Noel Coward play.