Dreaming While Inter-Viewing: Stormie Mills book “DWI YMA”

It is a stormy day outside the window today in Brooklyn – rain is coming down in sheets and the sky is a silvery grey and the leaves are holding on to the trees for dear life, not ready to fall. Feels like a good day to hang out with a book with Stormie.

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

A native of Perth in western Australia the street artist and illustrator Stormie Mills  has been painting for three decades and his monochromatic palette has taken him to the streets and galleries of cities like London, New York, Tokyo, and Miami along with Sydney and Melbourne. He calls his work an exploration of the human condition but you won’t find humans here, strictly.

The black/white/grey/silver characters are confronting the exigencies of life singularly, exhibiting feelings of ennui and consternation as each situation arises, often with a bit of costumery to help with perspective. The mood can be dark and without escape but their shape, proportion, and turn of the wrist lighten the room – a humorous stance that keeps the dramas in proportion. Mills work keeps you in a dreamlike state just below consciousness and while you flip through this book you may stay there quite a while.

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

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Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. (photo of layout by Jaime Rojo)

 

Stormie Mills DWI YMA Magenta Group Pty Ltd. Australia 2013

 

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