graham miller

playing the man

20 september - 19 october 2019

Childhood memories are the trigger for Miller's new series Playing the Man.

These playful and humorous images are a celebration of football and a nostalgic look at the past. Referencing bubble gum footy cards from the 1970's and 80's, and Rennie Ellis's iconic image of Robbie McGhie, Miller recreates himself as boyhood football heroes to explore issues of masculinity, identity, and cultural difference. Compared to today's highly stylised and groomed celebrities on Instagram and social media, footy luminaries on cards from this period are refreshingly unmanicured. Larrikin grins, dishevelled hair, hammed up poses and indifferent photography coalesce into comical portraits which defy the revered status with which these players were held. Hard men look surprisingly soft. Miller emphasizes the absurdity through the use of masquerade, using it as a strategy to question ingrained ideals of Australian masculinity and to comment on the difficulties of conforming to traditional notions of Australianness growing up as a person of mixed heritage.

"I came to boarding school in Perth aged ten in 1977. Hong Kong born, half-Chinese, English-accented and tiny. I was the smallest person in the boarding house, even though there were boys two years younger than me. I felt like I had been 'beamed in' from another planet. It was a Sunday when I arrived, and the introduction to Australian ritual began immediately. World Series cricket on the telly and Countdown at 6pm with Pussyfoot and Leo Sayer. Come winter time, it was "The Winners" with Drew Morphett. The TV room packed with country boys waiting for Mark of the Day, Goal of the Day and Play of the Day. Malcolm Blight and Bernie "The Superboot" Quinlan, Ken Hunter and Leigh Matthews, The Flying Dutchman and the Flying Doormat. Hard men chasing an oval ball. It was tough to relate. These were the Aussie male heroes to aspire to. They didn't look much like me. Luckily in the WAFL there was Les Fong, a well-respected and courageous footballer of Chinese heritage that I could pretend to be. I never got any good at football. I played hockey, or as the boys at school used to call it 'dicky-whackers'.

Graham Miller
August 2019

 

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graham miller artwork
ken hunter
archival pigment print on ilford pearl 310gsm
100 x 100cm
2019
$2,900 sold 1/6
graham miller artwork
peter moore after Collingwood grand final loss, 1981
archival pigment print on canson rag photographique 310gsm
100 x 71cm
2019
$2,600
graham miller artwork
graham moss, 1976 Brownlow Medalist
archival pigment print on canson rag photographique 310gsm
60 x 49cm
2019
$1,300
graham miller artwork
'bones' robert mcghie, 1974
archival pigment print on canson rag photographique 310gsm
73 x 49cm
2019
$1,500
graham miller artwork
'the flying doormat' bruce doull, 1975
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'hungry' kevin bartlet, 1974
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'lethal' leigh matthews, 1978
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100 sold 1/6 to lawrence wilson art gallery
graham miller artwork
'mick' michael turner, 1978
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100 sold 1/6 to lawrence wilson art gallery
graham miller artwork
'plod' emmett dunne, 1982
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'rick' ray shaw
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'sticks' stephen kernahan, 1989
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'the budgie' tony buhagiar, 1982
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'the flying dutchman' paul vander haar, 1982
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'the galloping gasometer' mick nolan, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100 sold 1/6 to lawrence wilson art gallery, 2/6
graham miller artwork
'the hulk' rene kink, 1982
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
barry breen, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
garry padley, 1978
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'superboot' bernie quinlan, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
brad hardie, 1981
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
david cloke, 1982
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
david dench, 1975
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
doug gott, 1977
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
garry dempsey, 1974
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
geoff southby, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'choppy' les fong, 1981
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
john byrne, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
lee adamson, 1973
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
malcolm blight, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
mike fitzpatrick, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
peter featherby, 1981
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
'robbie' robert flower, 1977
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
ron alexander, 1978
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100 sold 1/6 to lawrence wilson art gallery
graham miller artwork
val perovic, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
vin catoggio, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100 sold 1/6 to lawrence wilson art gallery
graham miller artwork
warwick capper, 1988
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
wayne primmer, 1979
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100 sold 1/6 to lawrence wilson art gallery
graham miller artwork
bernie jones, 1975
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
mal brown, 1975
archival pigment print on canson infinity platine fibre rag 310gsm
59.4 x 42cm
2019
$1,100
graham miller artwork
ken hunter plate
ceramic plate
20cm diameter
2019
$175 sold 1/20
graham miller artwork
les fong plate
ceramic plate
20cm diameter
2019
$175 sold 1/20, 2/20, 3/20
graham miller artwork
brad hardie plate
ceramic plate
20cm diameter
2019
$175 sold 1/20
graham miller artwork
stubby holders in five designs
2019
$10 each
graham miller artwork
mick nolan stubby holder
2019
$10 each
graham miller artwork
bernie quinlan stubby holder
2019
$10 each