Q: Artalogic? ArtaWHAT?
A: artalogic (n) = the science of expressing aesthetic principles for beautiful inference that are beyond the bounds of logic. That’s the fancy way of saying I re-branded my identity. Anytime you hear an ad executive talk about “building the brand” you should imagine a hot poker and a moaning cow. Artalogic is my brand. I AM a hot poker. If you hold still long enough I shall burn my ideas onto you.
Q: Who are you and why should I care?
A: If you are on this site you care, don’t play coy with me. Let me switch to 3rd person and explain a bit of who I am.
Ben Miller is a bipedal organism and an observant fool. He started down the path of art as a boy trying to draw the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. After acquiring a degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a focus in painting and sculpture he realized that there isn’t really a job market for traditional artists. Ben then applied his worldly knowledge to other occupations such as: grocery store clerk, mall bookstore employee, mattress salesman, hotel auditor, office store clerk and so on. These jobs were pivotal in the evolution of his cynicism and satirical wit. His art accomplishments include but are not limited to: being yelled at as a boy for drawing demons, designing websites, children’s book illustration, exhibiting oil paintings and sculptures, airbrushing various objects, filling sketch pads with illustrations, creating video games, drawing webcomics. When not writing about himself in the 3rd person Ben tries to be as visually creative as possible.
Q: Your art seems all over the place. Who are you a student of and what is your “ism” style?
A: I’ll be whatever label you feel like giving me. If I had to peg myself I’d say I seem to fall somewhere between surrealism and pop art with a dash of non-representational abstraction or bio-morphic organic abstraction. Also, in my social interactions I can tend to be a bit of a performance artist and I often serve as an argumentative Macguffin. Happy now?