John Miller's Bad Conscience

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John Milley’s “Bad Conscience”
Artist John Miller takes you through a whirlwind of emotions at his carefully curated exhibition “ Bad Conscience” at Metro Pictures. The title of the exhibition is a literal verbal supplement being depicted through the various forms of photography, paintings, video clips, and other objects. All of the artwork was understood as representational based on the themes and basis of the exhibition. The themes of sexuality, identity, guilt, were the most prominent and reoccurring throughout “Bad Conscience”.
The audience was most drawn to the nature of human sexuality illustrated though “Bad Conscience”, but from a deeper point of view. There was a contrast between eroticism, innocent sexual undertones and blatant sexual objectification. Leigh Ledare’s ‘Clementine’ was a printed photo that revealed a naked woman in a bed clad in just heels with her legs open. The photograph was scribbled over with oil stick, that concealed the woman’s face and private parts. The press release read “Ledare asked children to draw over a lascivious image of his naked mother lying on a bed” (2014). It was interesting to see that the colors used to scribble weren’t dark and subdued, but in fact the opposite. The usage of pastels, blue and pink were light and airy, not being overpowering or overbearing at all. It reflected the children’s innocence and the thought of their mother being just naked. Had Ledare asked teenagers, the entire mood of ‘Clementine’ would have shifted due to their lack of innocence that young children possess. Based on their knowledge and automatic assumptions of the act the mother was prepared to partake in, the oil colors would have probably been darker and revealed a lot less in the photo. Ledare’s psychological perspective on sexuality was very obvious once analyzed. The play on color made it evident that formal properties do play a…...

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