Geology Garments is a collection of wearables by artists Edith Abeyta and Michael Lewis Miller. These fashion constructions are part sculpture, part garment with references to historical clothing architecture, geological processes, consumption and the slapstick vaudevillian tropes of the 20th century. The garments are cumbersome, burdensome and absurd. Fabricated from post-consumer cast-offs and discarded fashion, some rich with by-products of past and present interactions with the land. A re-constructed collection of petro-chemical science and natural resource extraction. A somewhat futile, yet amusing and thoroughly enjoyable attempt to translate tremendous scale processes into clothing.
Michael Lewis Miller is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. He earned his MS in Geology from University of Kentucky, Lexington KY and his MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. His sculptures, installations and performances are interactive with themes of love, death, compulsion, classification and labor manifest with wood, textile and found vintage objects to replicate significant personal psychological states.Miller has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions including LACE, the Theodore Payne Foundation, Brand Library and Galleries, and the Bakersfield Museum of Art. He is also a prolific curator, organizing exhibitions that focus on social practice and interaction.
Edith Abeyta is a visual artist living in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. She combines post-consumer goods, particularly clothing, and participatory gestures to form temporary installations and sculptures that explore collectivity, labor, and exchange. She frequently collaborates with other visual artists, poets, scholars, and the public.
Abeyta is currently artist in residence in the Artist in the Public Realm Residency with the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh – Hazelwood program. She has had residencies at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, the University of Burapha, Thailand, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, and Windward School, Los Angeles. She was awarded a fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research in 2007. She has received public art commissions from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Her work has been exhibited at the Lakenhal Museum Lieden, the Netherlands, Burapha University Gallery, Thailand, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.