Push, Pop, Stack!
The title of Millar's latest exhibition taken from computer terminology shows her ongoing curiosity as to how meaning can be found, or constructed, in abstract systems. Push, Pop, Stack is a first in last out data structure that structures information coming into a system and information leaving or being extracted from a system. The last piece of incoming information being the first to exit.
In Millar's working process as a painter the paintings build up and break down in successive layers of application and erasure. Each input builds on previous inputs but gets hidden as the process of erasure leaves only a trace of all previous workings visible. Millar explains this as a search for a moment when something unexplainable coalesces and a new "meaning" instantly comes into existence, built out of all the now invisible previous working moments. This moment of "meaning" is a significant compression of all the previous activity.
In these new works this process moves to further compression as the small oil paintings are photographed, tonally exaggerated in Photoshop and then reverted into the now semi-redundant technology of half-tone dot screen and screen-print, albeit in a hugely enlarged format. Millar explains this as taking that moment where new meaning appears, and stamping it into an expanding series of new existences.