Time, the Comedy Villain

Time, the Comedy Villain – 2009/2010
Sand-cast lead, scrolling LED message board, non-rechargeable batteries
45 x 85 x 10 mm (9 elements) installation variable

Familiarity and pattern gives meaning to life, cushioning our inherent time-dependency and allowing us to deal with the ‘urgency of life’. We expect repeatability and consume consistency; confirmation through repeatability qualifies our endeavours, but ‘the ticking away of real time minute by minute, the dread underlying irrevocable reality of the meter running’ is ever present and consistent.

Text: Underscore, Cursor, Colon

“Rob Miller’s ‘Colon’, ‘Underscore’ and ‘Cursor’ are, by contrast, bang-up-to-date time-pieces of the 21st century. It is a given, of course, that we now live in a time-obsessed society (atomic clocks can now tell time to an accuracy of 10 to the power of -9 seconds a day). Miller’s works, taking their cue from departure boards, hospital waiting areas, motorway signs or supermarket checkouts, remind us, in anxious red characters, of the scarcity of that most precious of commodities and of the terror and panic instilled by the word ‘time’. Moreover, they remind us succinctly of the fact that worrying about time is one of the most sure-fire ways of wasting it.”  

Text: WW Gallery

Exhibited at Time 2010, WW Gallery and the Art Star Supermarket 2011, London Art Fair, WW Projects

In Time 2010, Blue Print, UAL, High Holborn, London