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MPC Art Gallery Presents "Guns and Butter"

Post Date:03/06/2018 9:00 AM


"Guns and Butter"

Deborah Miller

oil paintings

PLEASE JOIN US to sink into the powerful and darkly beautiful painted canvasses of Deborah Miller of Palo Alto.

Admission to exhibit is free, all are welcome!

In her own words,

“My paintings explore vectors of energy — collective manifestations of power that are both horrible and beautiful — ranging from gun emplacements along California’s Pacific coast and Europe’s Atlantic Wall to Costco warehouses endemic to every American city. The questions raised by these sites —for example, what role does militarism play in capitalist politics? — is summed up by the exhibition title, “Guns and Butter.”

Using the shopping experience of Costco and its warehouse stores as one of my central symbols, I explore self in society. Cavernous spaces, intricately gridded ceilings, masses of merchandise and shadowy figures create a world driven by the tension between fulfillment of needs and the desire for profit.

In stark contrast, the military values of patriotism, selflessness and sacrifice are symbolized by abandoned bunkers nestled into coastal landscapes. Built to maintain boundaries of territory during war, these ruins call into question contemporary ideals. Walls built for defense crumble. A fetish for hardware feeds the fantasy that we can resolve complex problems with concrete and steel.

In response to these dark energies, I paint. Through my focus on the largeness of the canvas and with a limited neutral palette, each painting creates an intersection between observation and thought, seeing and knowing — a place of complexity and depth."

Exhibit Dates: March 5 - April 4, 2018


MPC Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 4:00pm
(or by appointment; call 646-3060)

2 Receptions:

  • Thursday, March 8, 12:30-2:00pm (Artist's talk at 1:00pm)
  • Sunday, March 18, 3:00-5:00pm


*MPC parking fee: $3 on weekdays