Dreamlike visions, mystical iconography and the kind of eye-searingly intense electric colors that grace blacklight posters come together in Dream Generator: The Visionary Artwork of Adam Scott Miller, now showing at Trace Gallery in the Cole neighborhood. Like that of fellow visionary artist Alex Grey, Miller’s work embraces a psychedelic aesthetic that’s at once otherworldly and strangely familiar, suggesting nothing so much as a pipeline straight into the subconscious mind. Those unfamiliar with the term “visionary” might be tempted to dismiss the style as simply “trippy” — which, to be fair, it is — but its adherents see more than just pretty, drug-inspired doodles.
“Visionary art embraces energy fields, the sacred, and visions that [the artists] have,” says Saige, curator at Trace. “A lot of it is universal perceptions that are put down on paper.”
An opening reception will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the gallery, 3700 Franklin Street; admission is free. Approximately thirty pieces by Miller will be on display, including some of his latest work, with both paper and giclée prints available for purchase. DJ Shaggz will provide a soundtrack of downtempo and jazz to accompany your viewing. For more information, visit pathwaysart.com/trace-gallery.