Blue Plate Special
April 10, 2021 - September 26, 2021Harris - Burger Gallery
Hot dogs, french fries, and milkshakes are staples of American cuisine but for glass artist John Miller they also represent a sense of nostalgia. One of his earliest memories is spending time at his father’s motorcycle dealership in Hamden, Connecticut, and eating lunch across the street at Kitties diner. Since then hot rods, diners, and the pop culture of the 1950s have had a great impact on Miller’s personality and artmaking. His early glass works revolved around serious topics until he realized that “this work revealed only one side of me. The predominant side of my personality is very loose and comical but it had not come out yet.” In 1999, after absentmindedly sketching crinkle-cut fries on napkins every time he went out to eat, Miller made his first oversized glass french fry. The idea exploded, and no food was safe from becoming part of his lighthearted Blue Plate Special series.