Over the weekend I was doing some screenshots of the Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer and noticed a curious piece of art in Christian’s apartment.
My first thought was, “Plan B – the pregnancy stuff?” and laughed. Then I posted on twitter and found out from @Jaynehendry that it’s the work of Harland Miller, part of his introspective collection. His website doesn’t say too much about him; however, he was born in 1964 in NYC and is currently living in London. He’s also done some book covers for Penguin Books, which is part of Random House. The overhead house of Erika’s publishing house. Coincidence? I highly doubt it! Though I’m not sure if they were “authorized” or not:
On Artsy.net I found an interesting description of some of Harland Miller’s work, which makes it an even more interesting choice to use in Christian’s apartment.
Writer and artist Harland Miller explores the relationship between words and images—and the process of producing meaning—in his paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works. Interested in canonical authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway and drawing influence from Ed Ruscha, Mark Rothko, Anselm Kiefer, and Robert Rauschenberg, Miller pointedly combines text and images to comment on the frequent disconnect between representation and reality. For one series of paintings, he transformed canvases into satirical Penguin book covers, inventing keenly witty titles—like The Me I Never Knew (2009)—to send up classical literary motifs. The (often torturous) process of writing itself is the subject of another series, in which Miller covers vintage typewriters with splashes of paint, giving the works titles like, Writing is easy—all you do is feed in a sheet of white A4 paper and stare at it till your forehead bleeds (2009).