Opening: Jamieson Miller ‘territories’ at Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 5th November – 23rd November 2008


Jamieson Miller. 'The Last Drop' 2008


Jamieson Miller (Australian, b. 1965)
The Last Drop
Sheoak with ebonised stain
30 x 14 x 10cm



A small but lively crowd was in attendance for the opening of the exhibition territories featuring six small and six large floor standing wooden sculptures by the artist Jamieson Miller at the Dickerson Gallery in Oxford Street, Collingwood.

The work itself is of a fine craftsmanship showing exemplary design: different coloured woods and stains, wonderful joinery, the use of grain and different geometric and fluid shapes are all balanced harmoniously within the objects. A refined aesthetic sensibility is at work in their construction. This sensibility flows through to the conceptual themes of the work: the artist has created sometimes totemic but always lyrical poetic spaces within the corporeality of the work. The viewer enters enclosed intimate spaces (such as the funnels) or steps forward into steeped carved openings that open the way to visions of an inner world. Outer space becomes enclosed inner space as the viewer is at first intrigued, then drawn in and surrounded by the flickering shadows of Plato’s cave.

The new gallery is certainly an attractive modern warehouse space with vaulted roof. Unfortunately the large sculptures, although multi-dimensional and carved in the round, have been pushed to the edges of the space close to the walls. This makes it difficult to appreciate the totality of the form of the sculptures especially important with a work like Sight where the carved blackened wood shape on the ‘back’ of the sculpture is a vital counterpoint to the receding opening at the ‘front’ of the work. Make sure you also explore the reverse of the sculpture Lineage II to also comprehend the intimate space of the medieval window like opening to the front.

I really enjoyed the work of Jamieson Miller and recommend a visit to the gallery to see his refined worlds. The work is on show with the paintings of Jason Cordero.

Dr Marcus Bunyan


Jamieson Miller. 'Sight' 2008


Jamieson Miller standing next to his sculpture Sight on the opening night of his exhibition territories at Dickerson Gallery in Collingwood.

Cyprus pine with ebonised stain
180 x 100 x 30cm


Jamieson Miller. 'Resting Place' (detail) 2008


Jamieson Miller (Australian, b. 1965)
Resting Place (detail)
Elm with paint
203 x 42 x 30cm



Dickerson Gallery
34 Queen Street, Woollahra
Sydney NSW 2025
Phone: +61 2 9363 3358

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: currently by appointment only
Closed: Sunday and Monday

Jamieson Miller website

Dickerson Gallery website

1 Response to “Opening: Jamieson Miller ‘territories’ at Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne”

  1. 1 aziza warid
    June 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    woow ,wish u all the good luck and success in your life cause u really deserve it 4 all the nice work

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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