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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2012 POSTER
"EYE OF THE WORLD" BY ARTIST BILL MILLER

Constructed entirely out of vintage linoleum flooring pieced together to create an in-depth depiction of the Hudson Valley

Woodstock, NY (August 8, 2012) – The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to unveil its 13th Anniversary poster image, an assemblage made entirely from recycled linoleum flooring called “Eye of the World” by Hudson Valley artist Bill Miller.

This year's festival will be held October 10-14 in the arts colony of Woodstock and across the Hudson Valley region including the historic towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, and Saugerties. An exhibit of Miller’s work will be on display in Woodstock during the Festival at VARGA Gallery, next door to Upstate Films, one of WFF’s primary screening venues.

Miller has been working with vintage linoleum for almost 20 years, using only the found surface and adding no paint to create his images. His innovative and unexpected use of familiar patterns taps into the medium's nostalgic qualities, imparting a sense of history and rediscovery within each collage. His subjects range from bucolic landscapes to fiercely political pieces incorporating iconic news and pop culture images that helped shape our society’s common memory.

Miller joins notable artists Peter Max, Milton Glaser and Bill Plympton who were among those previously selected for this honor. In 2010, Miller was chosen to create the cover image for the Frank Zappa CD “Congress Shall Make No Law”, issued to mark the 25th anniversary of Zappa’s testimony on Capitol Hill in support of artistic free speech. He has had many solo shows across the country including in NYC, LA, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans, Austin, Pittsburgh and just outside of Woodstock at James Cox Gallery. His work has been featured by National Geographic Channel, New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune and in the coffee table book Found Object Art. This year Miller is one of only two Americans accepted into Drap Art ‘12, a prestigious international exhibition of recycled art opening in Barcelona this September. He will also have a solo show beginning this November at Mr. Rain’s Fun House at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.

Woodstock has long been known as center for creativity and the Film Festival is an increasingly important platform for independent voices from around the world. “It’s amazing what Miller can do with old flooring and his innovative use of recycled materials is very much in alignment with the spirit of Woodstock,” said WFF co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. ”The dramatic image he created for this year’s poster literally depicts the Eye of the World gazing out from right here in the Hudson Valley, a perfect metaphor for the Woodstock Film Festival.”

“It’s a real honor and privilege to be selected,” said Miller. “I hope my interpretation of this area as both a cultural center of gravity and a place of natural beauty resonates with people who see it.”

Limited edition collectible art posters signed by Miller will be available via WFF’s website, along with shirts, hats, unsigned posters and other commemorative merchandise. View WFF Store for details.


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2012 Woodstock Film Festival Poster
by Bill Miller


About the Artist

Bill Miller is an artist who recycles vintage linoleum flooring as his medium, and currently lives outside of Woodstock in the Hudson Valley, north of NYC. Linoleum was the ultimate interior medium, present in all aspects of 20th century life, from Grandma’s kitchen to the corner drug store and neighborhood school. Using only the found surface and adding no paint, his unexpected use of familiar patterns taps into the medium's nostalgic qualities, imparting a sense of history, story and rediscovery within each piece.

Born in Cleveland, OH, Miller was a founding member of Pittsburgh’s Industrial Arts Co-op, which constructed immense sculptures from found materials inside abandoned mill buildings. Their goal was a collective artistic response to the decaying industrial infrastructure and its devastating impact on local communities. While scavenging, Miller was drawn to scraps of vintage linoleum, and compulsively began collecting what was to become his new pallet and principle medium for almost 20 years.

Miller was honored with a retrospective exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2007. In 2010, he was chosen to create the cover image for the Frank Zappa CD Congress Shall Make No Law, issued to mark the 25th anniversary of Zappa’s anti-censorship testimony on Capitol Hill to support artistic freedom of expression. This year, Miller was chosen to create the artwork for the 13th annual Woodstock Film Festival, joining notable artists Peter Max, Milton Glaser and Bill Plimpton, who were among those previously selected for this honor. He is one of only two Americans accepted into Drap Art ‘12, an international exhibition of recycled art held in Barcelona. Miller is also currently scheduled for a solo exhibit in November this year at the gallery/café attached to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore MD. For more information www.billmillerart.com

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About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The organization is based in THE FILM CENTER in Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its 13th Annual Festival October 10-14, 2012, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

 

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