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Still Lives: Photographs from the Brunskill Collection at the Armitt Museum

Mills, with his co-designer Michael Webster, have just completed the art and design of over 100 pieces for print for a new exhibition, Still Lives: Photographs from the Brunskill Collection at the Armitt, for the Armitt Museum & Library in Ambleside, Cumbria. As well as designing a new series of posters and all print elements for the exhibition, Mills and Webster have also designed a series of 60 unique posters, which will be located in the windows of Ambleside’s shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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Still Lives: The Brunskill Collection at the Armitt and Beyond

Ambleside, a bustling little town in the heart of the Lakes will this summer play host to some of its former residents and visitors. Those who lived in, worked in and visited the area 150 years ago will reappear as individual photographic portraits throughout the town as part of the Armitt Museums ‘Still Lives’ summer exhibition. The individual photographic portraits are the work of the Brunskill brothers, who from 1865 to 1906 ran a photographic studio in Bowness. Almost the complete life’s work of this photographic studio is now held by the Armitt Museum and includes a vast archive of 17,800 photographs on glass plates. This is a rare and important survival giving a invaluable insight into the Victorian world and its inhabitants, and also into the workings of an early photographic studio

At the heart of the exhibition is the Armitt Library where the local families are represented. Here the Mackereths, Braithwates, Benson, Tysons, Birketts and Hawkriggs take centre stage, as they once did in life. These are the families most closely associated with the development of the area, the fullers and freeholders whose fortunes rose and fell with that of the woollen industry. This however is an exhibition about community, hosted by the community, and as such it will spill out through the doors of the Armitt and into the streets of Ambleside. The sixty or so portraits to be seen here include the beautiful Miss Midgely, the unsettling Borwick Twins and the defiant Tom Carlisle in the Market Place. On Compston Road there is old Mr Pannington with the face of a man born in the eighteenth century and sweet little Miss Brown with her soldier doll. Louche Mr Foster with his top hat and tin whistle will take up residence in the Golden Rule and in the White Lion, the formidable P.C. Greenbank will keep the peace. All over Ambleside will be the faces of the people who were here long before us and of course they will include that now almost legendary bespectacled, pipe smoking Jack Russell, a truly heroic figure known only as ‘Mr Sedgwick’s dog’.

This is an exhibition which highlights an unusually rare collection; rare not only in its almost complete survival and as an important resource for the family historian and anyone with an interest in photographic and social history but also as a singularly beautiful and fascinating collection in itself. These portraits, in their quiet austerity still have the power to fascinate. They have an extraordinary sense of timelessness- the paradox of presence and absence made sharper by the passage of time.

Still Lives: Photographs from the Brunskill Collection will take place at the Armitt Museum and throughout Ambleside from 1st May 2017.

 

Still Moves limited edition booka and CDs

Still Moves | three, the third in the series of six limited edition, full colour hardback books with CDs, charting the multimedia installations Mills has created with collaborator Mike Fearon since 1994, is currently in production.
Still Moves | three documents the installations Static (2001), which was devised, but unfortunately not realised, for creation in North Tyneside in 2002, and Hold (2005) a collaborative work made with Petulia Mattioli for the Palazzo delle Papesse Centre for Contemporary Art in Siena in 2005,

Still Moves | three will carry two CDs of the extended mixes of the installation soundworks, which have been mastered by Mike Fearon. The soundwork for the installation Static features award winning poet Robin Robertson reading his specially written poem Sea Fret, the full text of which is also printed in the book. The soundwork for Hold was created by Mills and Fearon with Eraldo Bernocchi with contributions from Bill Laswell, Harold Budd, Gigi and Lorenzo Esposito.

Still Moves | three will be available at a date to be announced.

New Limited Edition prints

Mills, with his co-designer Michael Webster, is currently working on a new selection of limited edition prints. These will feature some of the works that he made towards possible uses on various Nine Inch Nails packages, but were not used in the final releases. These will include works made for the Downward Spiral, Further Down The Spiral, Closure and Hesitation Marks.

 

Still Moves | two

Still Moves | two, the second in the series of six limited edition full colour hardback books with CDs charting the multimedia installations Mills has created since 1994, is now available.

Still Moves | two charts the installations Republic of Thorns (made with Ian Walton and the award winning poet Paul Farley) and Cleave | Soft Bullets, The book contains interpretative texts, photographs of the installations and two CDs of re-mixed and re-imagined installation soundworks made for each work, mastered by Mike Fearon. The soundwork for the installation Republic Of Thorns features Farley reading his specially written poem Thorns. The full texts of Thorns and two other specially written poems by Farley, The Cleave and Untitled, written for the Cleave | Soft Bullets installation, are also printed in the book.

Process-driven and contextually anchored, the Still Moves soundworks comprise tracks of seductive unease. Filmic, atmospheric and yet intimate, subtly melodic, they explore the abstract quality of sound while focusing on its transformative potential to evoke a magnified sense of place.

Devised and produced as multi-channel aleatoric soundworks for specific architectural spaces and environments, the pieces have been made with an amalgamation of disparate yet spatially and conceptually connected sonic elements. Reflective of place and history, analogous to the ceaseless flux of nature’s generative processes, the pieces use electro-acoustic and hybrid instruments, non-musical objects such as stones, gravel, ice, breathing, found sounds, urban and rural field recordings and occasionally, archive audio samples to create tightly woven aural webs of multi-layered density to create psychologically-charged, immersive environments.

All tracks written, recorded and produced by Russell Mills and Mike Fearon at Shed Studio, Ambleside, Cumbria.
Art and design by Russell Mills.
Photography by Russell Mills.
Design assistance by Michael Webster.
Mastered by Mike Fearon at Shed Studio.
Released by Slow Fuse Sound.
Published by Touch Music (MCPS).
www.slowfusesound.com

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Still Moves | three

Still Moves | three is currently being prepared for an intended release in June/July 2017. Still Moves | three charts the installation Static, an installation commissioned by North Tyneside Arts in Northumberland in 2002, which unfortunately was not eventually realised due to bureaucratic failings, and Hold created by Mills with Petulia Mattioli for the Palazzo delle Papesse Centre for Contemporary Art in Siena in 2005. The five soundwork tracks for Hold made by Mills and Fearon with Eraldo Bernocchi also feature contributions from Harold Budd and Bill Laswell.

Still Moves limited edition books and CDs

Still Moves | two, the second in the series of six limited edition full colour hardback books with CDs charting the multimedia installations Mills has created since 1994, is currently in production. Still Moves | two charts the installations Republic of Thorns (made with Ian Walton and the award winning poet Paul Farley) and Cleave | Soft Bullets, and will carry two CDs of the extended mixes of the installation soundworks, which have been mastered by Mike Fearon. The soundwork for the installation Republic Of Thorns features Farley reading his specially written poem Thorns. The full text of Thorns and two other specially written poems by Farley, The Cleave and Untitled, written for the Cleave | Soft Bullets installation, are also printed in the book. Still Moves | two will be available at a date to be announced later in 2016.

Veils and Vespers by John Luther Adams

Mills has been commissioned to undertake the art and design of a limited edition boxed release of two custom designed USB drives carrying the six hour long electronic soundscapes Veils and Vesper installation project by Pulitzer prize winning American composer John Luther Adams. Commissioned by Cantaloupe Music in New York, Veils and Vesper is to be released at a date to be confirmed.

Fukushima works

Mills has recently completed a series of 12 works made in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear and tsunami disaster. The mixed media works, some of which contain plant and organic material from radiated sites in both Fukushima and Chernobyl, were commissioned in 2012 by a Japanese documentary film maker whose family are from Fukushima and who have been directly and seriously affected by the disaster.

Films

Mills is currently working with the film maker Charlie Leek on several film projects. Leek first worked with Mills when he made a short documentary about Mills and his work for Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 Hesitation Marks album. This was followed by a  short documentary to accompany and promote his Cargo In The Blood exhibition at the 1830 Gallery, the Artworks, Shaw Lodge Mills in Halifax in 2015. He subsequently went on to make promotional films for the Cargo In The Blood multiple and book, which was released in a limited edition of 2000 also in 2015.

Leek’s documentary on Mills and his work is ongoing, the intention being for a longer in-depth study of Mills, his ideas and his work across all genres and disciplines.

Leek is also working on a series of films to accompany and promote the Still Moves series of limited edition books. These will examine the ideas behind and the making of the numerous multimedia installations that Mills and his collaborator Mike Fearon have created in the UK and abroad since 1994, with particular regard for the installations’ soundworks. The films will include interviews with Mills and Fearon and will explore the influence of their native Cumbrian landscape on their work.

Leek will also be working on two films for the Armitt Museum and Library in Ambleside. With the Armitt’s curator Deborah Walsh and Mills, Leek will make one film about the Armitt’s diverse and rich collection, which represents some of the most influential writers, thinkers and social activists of English culture, including the Armitt Sisters, Thomas and Matthew Arnold, the Collingwood family, Thomas De Quincey and the Lakes Poets, Harriet Martineau, Beatrix Potter, Charlotte Mason, Canon Rawnsley and John Ruskin. The Armitt also holds one of the most extensive collection of mountaineering books in the UK, including the Fell And Rock Club library, and a vast photographic archive with photographs and plate negatives by the Abrahams Brothers, Herbert Bell, Moses Bowness, JW Brunskill and Charles Walmsley. Artists represented include William Green, William Payne, Fred Yates and the radical avant-garde German artist Kurt Schwitters.

A second film will focus on the Armitt’s growing collection of works by Schwitters, focusing on his final years in Ambleside. The Armitt’s collection of Schwitters’ work is the largest concentration of his work on public display in the UK.

Just Six Degrees

See the film of Mills at OFFSET 2016 CLICK HERE
Following Mills’ talk at the OFFSET 2016 conference in Dublin in April this year, Mills was invited to contribute to Just Six Degrees, an online project based on the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory, in which creative practitioners write about creatives who inspire them. Just Six Degrees founder MIchael McDermott asks creative practitioners one question: who in the world inspires you right now? Mills was nominated by musician and U2’s designer Steve Averill and in turn he has chosen his friend and occasional collaborator, the musician, producer, activist and creative polymath Brian Eno. Its hoped that the Just Six Degrees chain containing Mills’ appreciation of Eno will be available to view in the next couple of months. The link to Just Six Degrees is: Just Six Degrees

Other works

Mills is also working on several ongoing series of self-generated works, including a set of mixed media works about and in homage to his father who served and survived as a rear gunner in Lancaster bombers in World War Two. Other series include a set of semi-autobiographical collages and assemblages, works about contingency that use chemicals and organic matter, works using and about carbon, and an ongoing series of small montages using Photo Mechanical Transfer (PMT) processes, inspired and informed by texts by Samuel Beckett.

Future

Mills has no exhibitions or installations planned for the immediate future.

What Are You Like

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BLUEPRINT FOR A STORM



Mills will be exhibiting at the:

NCAD Gallery,
The National College of Art and Design
100 Thomas Street
Dublin 8
Ireland

from 6th – 29th April.

The exhibition Blue Print For A Storm will feature mixed media works made for Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 album Hesitation Marks, alongside recent works. There will also be two film compilations on view; one featuring multimedia installations made since 1994, the other of films made to promote both the Hesitation Marks album and the Cargo In The Blood limited edition multiple. The Cargo In The Blood limited edition multiple will also be on display with details of how it can be ordered.

For more information phone + 353 (0) 1 636 4390 or go to: www.cad.ie/about/gallery

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OFFSET Dublin 2016

Mills will be appearing at the OFFSET Dublin 2016 conference at the:

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Dublin.

The conference runs from 8th – 10th April, and Mills is scheduled to present at 1.00pm on Saturday 9th April.

For more details and to book go to; http://www.iloveoffset.com

 

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Cargo in the Blood | The Reverse is also True

Cargo In The Blood | The Reverse Is Also True
A deluxe limited edition multiple focusing on the art works made for Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks album is now available to purchase.
Produced in a limited edition of 2000 Cargo In The Blood includes a five colour 320 page fully illustrated hardback book showing all the works made for the commission with interpretative texts and essays charting the ideas behind and processes used in each work. Each also contains an original mixed media work framed in Corten steel and a uniquely coded etched Corten Steel plate. Every copy is encased in a folding suede portfolio measuring 15” x 13” x 2”. Each cover features debossed and foil stamped typography and has been hand cauterized. The book has been printed with metallic silver and 4 colour printing UV inks.
Cargo In The Blood will be available to order on 16th December at 10.00 am (Pacific Time). Priced at $300.00 it can be ordered through www.nin.com and www.cargointheblood.com
Cargo In The Blood will ship from USA in late December and from the UK in mid January 2016.
To document the inspiration and process behind the artwork of Cargo In The Blood and Mills’ previous collaboration with Nine Inch Nails on The Downward Spiral, filmmaker Charles Leek has created a fascinating short documentary film containing exclusive footage and access to the artist, which can be viewed on www.cargointheblood.com
Leek has also created a short ‘teaser’ film about the project, which can be viewed on

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Still Moves | One

Still Moves | One

The first of the Still Moves series of five limited edition full colour fully illustrated 40 page hardback books, each with two CDs, is now available to purchase. Still Moves | One is devoted to the installations Between Two Lights (1994), Soundings (Sub Rosa) 1995), Looming (1996), Measured In Shadows (1996-97), Still Moves (1999) and Mantle (2000). Produced in a edition of 750 and containing interpretative texts detailing the evolution of each multimedia installation, Still Moves can be ordered directly from Slow Fuse Sound at: http://slowfusesound.com

 The Art of Nine Inch Nails The Semaphore Of Wings : New Limited Edition Print

A new limited edition print is now available to purchase. The Semaphore of Wings is one of numerous mixed media works Mills made for Nine Inch Nails’ pivotal 1994 album The Downward Spiral. The original work is in Trent Reznor’s private collection and this is the first time a print has been offered.

With his co-designer Michael Webster, Mills is also working on several new limited edition prints including previously unseen works made for various Nine Inch Nails releases and prints made from his mixed media works. There are also plans for Mills and Webster to create new prints specifically through computer manipulations. News on these proposed prints and their availability will be posted on this site soon.

Cargo In The Blood | The Reverse is also true : Limited Edition Multiple

With his musical collaborator Mike Fearon as assistant, Mills spent most of October in Los Angeles working on two 200′ x 6′ mixed media canvases. These have been cut down into 4000 individual unique artworks, 2000 of which will be included in the limited edition multiple Cargo In The Blood/The Reverse Is Also True, which features all the works made towards use in the Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks album of 2013. To be produced in an edition of 2000 copies, the releaae date, price and details of how copies of Cargo In The Blood can be ordered will be announced soon on both www.russellmills.com and www.nin.com

The Art of Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral:Limited Edition Multiple

The second set of 2000 works may be included in a similar limited edition multiple showcasing the art works that Mills created for Nine Inch Nails’ seminal The Downward Spiral album of 1994.This limited edition has yet be confirmed.

Cargo In The Blood Exhibition

Mills is currently working towards an exhibition at the Artworks 1830 Gallery at Shaw Lodge Mills in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Central to the exhibition will be the 30 works made towards uses on the Nine inch Nails‘ 2013 Hesitation Marks album, singles and related items. These will be accompanied by several new and recent series of mixed media works including a series of commissions made in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, several series of works about carbonas the main component of the stars, our planet and of us, the ongoing Forward to Far series of semi-autobiographical collages and the The Space of A Door PMT/photomontage series made in response to an early poem by Samuel Beckett. The works, contextuallyanchored and process-driven, explore ideas of contingency, indeterminacy, chaos and order through the use of chemicals and organic matter in juxtaposition with more traditional art materials. A film compilation of his multimedia installations made with Mike Fearon, and occasionally Ian Walton, since 1994 to the present will also be shown. Soundworks made for these installations will play through the 1830 Gallery’s 7.1 surround sound system. Key earlier works will also be presented alongside numerous examples of works made for CD, album and book covers.

Now Then: Multimedia

To complement the exhibition Cargo In The Blood, Mills, working with his musical collaborator Mike Fearon, has also devised a new multimedia installation Now Then, which juxtaposes and explores several conjoined obsessions. These include allusions to Mills’ father’s experiences as a rear gunner in Lancaster bombers flying raids over Europe during World War II and Samuel Beckett’s three zones of consciousness as described (hilariously) in his first novel Murphy (1938). The piece also references the tune My Life’s A Shade (1753), a funeral hymn with music written by William Knapp (1698-1768), a beautiful piece of West Gallery music from the Georgian period, the sermons of John Bell (c. 1338-1381) a radical ‘hedge preacher’ who led the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 and who influenced the English/American political activist, philosopher and revolutionary, Thomas Paine (1737-1809), author of Common Sense (1776), The American Crisis (1776-83), Rights of Man (1791) and The Age of Reason (1793-94), whose writings inspired the US rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.

A new aleotoric soundwork has been produced for Now Then. Employing six sound sources, each carrying a unique menu of sounds and silences, each programmed to play randomly, it will thereby create a continually changing, self-generating mix in real time. For previous installations using this system set up Mills and Fearon have usually employed audio elements that were not pitch-specific i.e. found organic and industrial sounds, field recordings, electro-acoustic and synthesised sounds. However in using My Life’s A Shade as a melodic reference they were obliged to study various musical theories and devise a new process for the distribution of the tonal elements. With earlier installation soundworks, the inclusion of any musical element limited them to only one musical key: this method allows the listener to experience the “feel” of seven keys.  When set in motion the soundwork will create a psychologically charged immersive environment in which a visitor will never hear the same mix of sounds twice.

Still Moves: limited edition series of books with CDs

With his musical collaborator Mike Fearon, Mills has also been working on a series of five full colour A5 hardback books, each carrying two CDs of soundworks made for multimedi installations from 1994 to the present. Published in a limited edition, in addition to the CDs of music, each book in the series will contain photographs and interpretative texts and essays relating to each installation. The series will be launched at the opening of the Cargo In The Blood/Now Then exhibition and installation in Halifax on February 21st 2015, with the release of the first book in the series, which will be devoted to the installations Between Two LIghts (1994), Soundings (Sub Rosa) 1995), Looming (1996), Measured In Shadows (1996-97), Still Moves (1999) and Mantle (2000).

Earlier News
Letter to LDNPA March 2014Re. Planning Application Number: 7/2014/5029 Applicant: The National Trust Property/location: Bridge House, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria Proposal: Erection of wrought iron handrail and railings Dear Sir or Madam, I’m writing to express my opposition to the National Trust’s application to erect a wrought iron handrail and railings to the Bridge House, Rydal Road, Ambleside. One of the smallest buildings in the UK, possibly the most photographed building in the Lake District, the Bridge House is the most iconic building in Ambleside, possibly in the whole of Cumbria, and has been a popular subject for numerous artists including Turner and Ambleside’s most famous inhabitant Kurt Schwitters. As Ambleside’s most recognised landmark, it is a honey pot for millions of tourists every year, who contribute enormously to the town’s and the wider region’s economy. To Ambleside its significance is immeasurable; it could be considered to represent the DNA of the town. If we accept that places, in their particularity and patina, carry meaning in their associations and symbolism, then any threat to their significance must be fought and stopped. The Bridge House’s enduring popularity lies as much in its fascinating history as its unique and authentic architectural idiosyncrasy. These distinct characteristics, qualities that cannot and should not be quantified, are what draws visitors to Ambleside. The addition of a wrought iron handrail and railings would alter the building adversely, destroying its uniqueness and by extension the power of the place. Ambleside has been blighted by enough rampant urbanisation in recent decades, with a plethora of ugly so-called street furniture and roadside paraphernalia, most of which is out of scale and inappropriately sited; it doesn’t need any more. If there is actual and convincing evidence of actions to be taken on health and safety grounds, then might I suggest a simple warning sign be considered. If something doesn’t need fixing then leave it alone. Please remember too, that people, locals and visitors alike, have a great depth of attachment to places.Any proposed changes, especially as insensitive as this one is, threatens to undermine local pride and rootedness and rob Ambleside’s most distinctive landmark of its inherent character. Please do not be bullied by the so-called professionals of the National Trust, who, like most so-called professionals, tend to marginalise everything that they can’t count. Please resist the formulaic and creeping infestation of homogenised monoculture, corporate branding and standardisation, which depletes diversity and variegation. Local identity is a unique fingerprint that has evolved organically over time, it cannot be recreated. Yours sincerely, Russell Mills MA (RCA)
Ambleside CumbriaMills is currently adding his voice to the growing opposition to several current proposals that he feels will severely damage the character of his home town of Ambleside and that will, if allowed to proceed, will set dangerous and detrimental precedents for any future planning applications in Ambleside. Mills is strongly opposed to the National Trust’s plans to erect iron hand railings on the Grade I listed Bridge House, one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the Lake District. His letter to the planners is below.
He is also fighting against the University of Cumbria’s proposed sale of two its properties, Hill Top and Kelsick, to Whitbread/Premier Inns and Travelodge respectively. Whitbread/Premier Inns are proposing to demolish Hill Top, a Georgian building with Victorian, which is sited in a Conservation area surrounded by the oldest surviving buildings in Ambleside, and replace it with a 64 bed hotel with extensive car parking. Travelodge are planning 100 plus hotel on the site of Ambleside’s historically important former grammar school.
If any of you reading this can help to stop these short sighted, ill-conceived, insensitive, crassly commercial proposals please do so by contacting The Lake District National Park Authority planning and conservation departments at: planning@lakedistrict.gov.uk or write to: the Planning Department, the Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7RL. For the Bridge House application please use this information: Re. Planning Application Number: 7/2014/5029. Applicant: The National Trust. Property/location: Bridge House, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria. Proposal: Erection of wrought iron handrail and railings
In the case of the University of Cumbria’s sale of Hill Top to Premier Inns, please log in to the link below and sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk
National College of Art & DesignMills has also been invited to mount an exhibition at the Gallery at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2015; dates have yet to be confirmed.
Exhibition: 1830 Gallery, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax, 2015Dates for Mills’ solo exhibition have been confirmed: 7th February – 22nd March 2015.
As well as featuring the works made for Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks, the exhibition will also contain various series of recent works that Mills has been concentrating on for the past few years.
These include experimental works made with chemicals, organic materials and carbon paper that are concerned with ideas about chaos and order, on ongoing series of semi-autobiographical collages begun in 2010, a series of book-based works made in response to selected texts by Samuel Beckett and a series of photomontages made in response to an early poem also by Beckett.
Mills is also developing a new multimedia installation for Shaw Lodge Mills that will feature a new multi-source aleotoric sound work to be made by Mills with his longterm collaborator Mike Fearon.
The exhibition will also contain examples of Mills’ commissioned works made for album, CD and book covers since he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1977; these will include commissions for Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Gabriel, MIchael Nyman, Bill Laswell, Nils Petter Molvaer, Harold Budd, Samuel Beckett, Ian McEwan and Jayne Anne Phillips, amongst many others.
Still MovesThe Still Moves limited edition series of soundworks for multimedia installations nears completion.
Mills and Fearon are currently working on mixing the last track of the series, Quotations for the print and production of the hardback books, slipcases and CDs are now being assessed and the design process will begin on Mills’ return from USA sometime in late May-early April. Release date still to be confirmed.
1830 Gallery, Shaw Lodge Mills, 2015 
Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2014: 13th – 22nd March 2014 Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2014: 13th – 22nd March 2014
Three new postcard works made specifically for inject print by Mills were exhibited as part of the Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2014 exhibition at the Royal College of Art’s Dyson Building at its Battersea Campus in London from 13th – 22nd March. Other exhibitors included Yinka Shonibare, Paula Rego, John Baldessari, David Bailey, Paula Rego, Frank Bowling, Grayson Perry, David Nash, Richard Long, Ryan Gander and Mimmo Paladino, as well as architect Zaha Hadid, fashion designers Christopher Bailey and Paul Smith, musician and filmmaker Jarvis Cocker as well as the RCA’s Fine Art students.
Limited Edition Prints The editing of potential images to be made into limited edition prints continues, but has been necessarily slowed, primarily by Mills’ commitment to ongoing Nine Inch Nails-related works.
Several series of prints will be produced including previously unseen works that were made for various Nine Inch Nails commissions but were not used.
Other series will comprise works made for NIN, prints of extant mixed media paintings, assemblages, collages and “thought engines” (metaphoric rectified readymades) and a series of new experimental hybrid works made specifically for production on the computer.
Cargo In The Blood: The Reverse Is Also True Limited Edition Multiple Production of all component parts is now underway in the States and the proofs of the 320 page five colour hardback book have all been signed off for print production.Mills, with his collaborator Mike Fearon will be travelling to Los Angeles in the Autumn to work on a vast mixed media canvas, which on completion will be cut down to 2000+ small works. Each of these will then be framed in a Corten steel frame to be inserted into the limited edition multiple. Whilst in LA Mills will also undertake the final assembly of the completed multiples; the last task being the cauterisation by blowtorch of each suede bound multiple.
News Mills’ trip to Los Angeles, originally planned for late April, has been postponed until the Autumn. Mills will travel with his collaborator Mike Fearon, to Los Angeles to undertake the painting of a large mixed media canvas towards the Cargo In The Blood: The Reverse Is Also True limited edition multiple. Once completed the canvas will be cut into 2500-3000 individual works, which will be framed in steel to become part of the limited edition multiple. In addition to several other items, Cargo In The Blood: The Reverse Is Also True will also contain a hardback five colour 320-page book showing all the works made towards use in the Hesitation Marks release, with interpretative texts charting the ideas behind each work. Each will be encased in a folding and individually cauterised suede portfolio. Edition number and publication date tbc.
Still Moves: Publishing Agreement – March 2014 Mills and Mike Fearon have just signed a publishing agreement with Touch Music for their Still Moves series of soundworks.
Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks In late April Mills will travel to Los Angeles to undertake the painting of a large mixed media canvas towards the Cargo In The Blood: The Reverse Is Also True limited edition multiple. Once completed the canvas will be cut into 2500-3000 individual works, which will be framed in steel to become part of the limited edition multiple. In addition to several other items, Cargo In The Blood: The Reverse Is Also True will also contain a hardback five colour 320-page book showing all the works made towards use in the Hesitation Marks release, with interpretative texts charting the ideas behind each work. Each will be encased in a folding and individually cauterised suede portfolio. Edition number and publication date tbc.
BBC BBC 1 Countryfile: Sunday 9th February 2014 at 19.00. Ellie Harrison travelled to the Lake District to meet with Mills to discuss his work and the influence of Kurt Schwitters. She hears the extraordinary story if Mills’ inspiration, Schwitters, his journey from Nazi Germany to Ambleside and his life and work in the Lake District.