Matthew Miller-Novak

Inside Artists' Heads

Mar 19, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Matthew Miller-Novak

Matthew Miller-Novak

Matthew Miller-Novak's latest project, The Life and Times of Lucifer von Satan, takes its cue from late medieval art and children's cartoons to tell the story of Satan as a misunderstood, angst-ridden teenager. See his work 6:30-11 p.m. March 28 at Krafthaus (1334 Main St. Over-the-Rhine) or by appointment (513-313-7928). Here's what inspires this versatile artist. (Tamera Lenz Muente)

Duccio. He paints a story without any demands of perspective, composition, scale or proportion. Why not make the figures three times larger than an entire city? The stories are about the people. It makes perfect sense to me.

Animal Farm. There is something truly beautiful about George Orwell depicting the rise and corruption of the Bolshevik revolution in a fable. After deciding to create somewhat of a visual fable of my own, I can't help but have the classic tale in my mind as the pinnacle of what I am trying to achieve. How might an Orwellian fable of our own recent government read? Perhaps Karl Rove would be depicted as a talented spider monkey that entertains the masses for pennies and slightly spoiled dates.

Home brewing. I brew my own beer because if the apocalypse ever goes down, forget toilet paper because nobody will be more popular than the fella who can make his own hooch. This outlandish attempt at post-apocalyptic fame has also evolved an appreciation for the minimal. The smallest adjustment in ingredients can have the largest impact on flavor. It has caused me to rethink the amount of information needed to impact a narrative.

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