Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Adam Milner invite you to join the artist for the latest iteration of his bedroom installation—at BMoCA. By setting up his own bed and personal items inside the museum, Milner creates a place that firmly blends private and public spheres, melding behavioral patterns usually reserved for one or the other. For the duration of the exhibition – from Thursday until Sunday evening – Another Room at BMoCA will become Milner’s home base. From here he will leave to go about his day, rest between appointments, or meet with visitors. He will also sleep at the museum at night.
The exhibition is free and open around the clock from Thursday until Saturday evening and during regular museum hours on Sunday. Visitors are invited to sit and talk with the artist, enjoy a cup of tea, or relax and listen to music. The experience is shaped by participants’ interactions within the artist-created environment. Milner lists the ingredients for his installation as “me, you, personal objects, and hand-cut vinyl,” embracing open-endedness and chance as compelling means to broaden our awareness regarding social conduct and close personal relationships.
I explore the tension and politics of intimacy and relationships and the boundaries and containers—both self-imposed and pre-existing—that mediate our interaction, including memory, distance, communication, and technology. – Adam Milner
Another Room is part of an ongoing series. Previous venues include a hallway at CU Boulder’s School of Art and the artist’s actual bedroom. Plans for future installations are also underway. Although Milner takes a light-hearted, playful approach, he addresses the key influences that shape our actions and decision-making. Recognizing the desire for emotional and physical closeness as a major factor in human behavior, unabashed sexual overtones in his work are neither accidental nor insignificant.
Milner’s work employs video, photography, performance, and experimental drawing techniques, often to document otherwise ephemeral interactions and routines. One of his ongoing series, titled Petition Against Forgetting, includes daily photo-documentation of the bed he slept in and every bathroom he used. Another series, Bed Drawings, consists of drawings created by the movement of the artist’s body as he falls asleep.
Adam Milner lives in Boulder, Colorado. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a BS in Journalism as well as a minor in Technology, Arts and Media.
Launched in the summer of 2011, Present Box is a series of temporary exhibitions featured in BMoCA’s lounge. Present Box exhibits innovative installations, performances, and events that last no longer than two weeks. These exhibitions present site-specific projects that foster interactive participation. Present Box exhibitions are always free and open to the public.