press release

Inauguration April 28, 2007, 3 pm - 5 pm

Christopher Miner was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and his videos address the impact of his upbringing with regard to religion, race, family, and sexuality. He works in both documentary and performative modes, often blending autobiography with fictional elements to create a persona that is at once genuine and carefully orchestrated. In his search for ”transcendence and clarity,” Miner wades through the personal conflicts of everyday life, revealing an inescapably human existence. The 17-minute video Best Decision Ever Made finds Miner visiting his hometown after the death of his grandmother. Best Decision combines images of his grandparents’ home with the artist’s voiceover weaving a loosely autobiographical narrative of grief, detachment, frustration, sexual awakening, and ambition.

Christopher Miner was born in 1973. He received a Masters of Fine Art in photography from Yale University in 2000. His previous exhibitions include a solo show, "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be," at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, 2006, and "This Creature, I Am," at Bellwether Gallery, New York, 2003. Other exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Christopher Miner