Critic’s Pick: Dutes Miller’s “In the Garden” / Artforum.com

Dutes Miller, Drummer, 2012, mixed media painting on magazine pages, each 22 1/2 x 16 1/2”.

 

Dutes Miller’s queer utopia is a romp through Adam and Steve’s Garden of Eden. “In the Garden” presents the gallery-as-landscape peppered with clusters of oddly sexualized finger-fungi outgrowths harvesting on patches of fake grass, blotched-out images of vintage gay porn models, and BDSM hooks for hanging bodies. Miller uses craft-oriented materials such as pink glitter, neon string, and liquid white chocolate to transform deviant sexualized objects into decorative, desexualized elements of a new queer aesthetic that indulges in visual and oral pleasures. His work comments on the superficial nature of bodies and fetish objects in gay male culture by pleasurably turning them into exactly that.

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