Scott Miles’s practice is concerned with articulating the edges of representation. His recent paintings and installations alternately depict and stage environments in which small pockets of light are nested within an engulfing, anchorless darkness. These experiences of immersive darkness anticipate the moment that representation dissolves, and these moments are in turn depicted in Miles’s paintings. Where earlier works considered the broader image economy, exploring the ways in which we consume pictures on and offline, much of his recent work draws on residencies in the High Arctic during long periods of winter darkness, in both Greenland and Iceland, and explore themes pertaining to the temporality of perception. Specifically, Miles is interested in the way that painting can demonstrate accumulated time — aggregated on the surface of the canvas through the build-up of gestures and layers of paint — but also possess the possibility of being read and perceived in an instant. 

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