Steve Miller (Courtesy of the Artist)

 Join us at The Church for a conversation between artist Steve Miller and The Church Chief Curator Sara Cochran on Miller’s newest book Surfing the Cosmos; an original book of photographs and text that provides a unique perspective on energy and the unplanned sculptural beauty of electrical wires that power our world. Miller explores the energy and wiring systems in the slums of Rio de Janeiro juxtaposing them with the high-tech infrastructure and physics of CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. The wires inspired a series of artworks and photographs that blur the line between science and art – two different expressions that are often indistinguishable from one another. Miller compares the complex but simple wires that power the slums, better known as the favela, to the simple but complex wires that decode the foundations of particle physics, reminding us of our increasing demand for power and the impact of that need on our environment. Surfing the Cosmos begins with a foreword, “The Currents of Our Times” by Neil deGrasse Tyson where Tyson states, “Like Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem, which forced us all to pause as we reflect on a tree’s beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed, so too is our power grid something to behold, but only if someone compels you to take notice. That’s the job of an artist” (Surfing the Cosmos, 7). With Surfing the Cosmos, Miller accomplishes just that.

The evening will end with a Q&A and a book signing with the author.



New York Artist Steve Miller has explored scientific concepts and experimented with new technologies in his photographic work since the 1970s. He is interested in our relationship to the planet and to each other, and has published two previous books Radiographic and Surf/Skate on the subject. Miller is recognized as an early pioneer of the “sciart” (science-based art) movement. In 2013, and 2017 the National Academy of Science mounted exhibitions of his work, each of which explored aspects of the deforestation of the Amazon and the impact on the fauna living there. The Wired and CERN work presented here evolved from those two earlier bodies of work. Follow Steve Miller on Instagram @stevemillerdotcom


Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization encompassing an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik founded The Church in 2018 and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village. For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org 



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