top of page
Zooming Out Series 2022-2024
 

Inspired by Pandemic Isolation Zoom

 Art of Surrealism Comedy of Ernie Kovacs

 

Oil painting of people on Zoom

#1 Private Collection California

Oil painting of people on Zoom
Oil painting of people on Zoom

The invention of Zoom allowed our society to function during the Pandemic.
The impact of technology on our ability to communicate is clear but so are it
s limitations
on human connection.

Oil painting of people on Zoom
Oil painting of people on Zoom
Zooming Out #6.
zooming out _edited.jpg

“ZOOMING OUT” SERIES STATEMENT

Inspired by Pandemic Isolation. Zoom.

 Art of Surrealism. Comedy of Ernie Kovacs

 

The isolation and anxiety brought about by the covid Pandemic and the resulting surge of Zoom usage inspired me to comment artistically.

The invention of Zoom allowed our society to function during the Pandemic. The impact of technology on our ability to communicate is clear but so are its limitations on human connection.

Years ago, I had had the idea of painting a few portraits of people sitting in windows, as had artists during the Italian Renaissance, but I was deterred by other projects so didn’t follow through.

Captured by Zoom myself for these last two years I began to think about how many attendees may want to reach out of their boxes to be with other participants.

In this series the use of the underpinnings of the art of Surrealism contributes to depicting somewhat unnerving and illogical scenes.

My childhood exposure to the first late night comedian, Ernie Kovacs boosted my leanings towards invention and humor.  His experiments with camera work and spontaneous comedy such as desk legs that were human legs or little people showing up on the bottom of his screen gives me permission to think out of the box, as it were.

In Zooming Out I continue my use of grey backgrounds as the great containers of color and space. 

My representation of individuals  aims to leave their stories completely up to you, the viewer’s imagination.

 

©miller-havens 2022-2024

Rayen.png

"I want to meet on the Zoom screen where people can reach into the next rectangle and
rest their elbows there or touch the person next to them.  These are really wonderful paintings"


Steven Seidel. Senior Lecturer Director, Arts In Education Senior Research Associate.
Project Zero Harvard University School of Education
bottom of page