Common Ground#678

dieFirma: Bill Miller and Andrea Stern

Featuring Miller, Stern, and Ann C. Collins


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Bill Miller and dieFirma founder Andrea Stern join Rail contributor Ann C. Collins for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jake Marmer.

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Andrea Stern

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Photographer Andrea Stern is a founder of dieFirma. From 1996 - 2000, she was the founding Creative Director and Publisher of the Long Island Voice, a niche-publication that was an offshoot of the legendary Village Voice. For over a decade following, she worked as a commercial and editorial photographer, working with publications that included The New York Times, T Magazine, The New Yorker, and others. Her fine art photography exists as three distinct bodies of work- Inheritance (1990 - 2007), Assembly (2007 - 2013) and Dog Days (1989 - 1999)- each accompanied by a book; these works may be found in public collections that include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.

Bill Miller

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Collage artist Bill Miller has been using vintage linoleum flooring as his medium for almost 20 years, and currently lives in Pittsburgh PA. Linoleum was the ultimate interior medium, present in all aspects of 20th century life from Grandma’s kitchen to the corner drug store and neighborhood school. Miller’s innovative work is recognized for pictorial assemblages that rely only on the flooring’s found surface, with no added paint, to render his subjects. Miller’s images range from bucolic landscapes to surrealistic, fiercely political pieces that draw on iconic news and pop culture images that have informed society’s common memory. His unexpected use of familiar patterns taps into the medium’s nostalgic qualities, imparting a sense of personal history and rediscovery within each piece.

Ann C. Collins

Ann C. Collins
Regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail’s ArtSeen section, Ann C. Collins holds a BFA in Film and Television from NYU and an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has also appeared in Degree Critical and Variables West. Her film editing projects include Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, and the Netflix series The Pharmacist. Her film work has screened at Sundance, Berlin, and New York film festivals. She lives in Brooklyn.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Jake Marmer reading.

Jake Marmer

A photo of Jake Marmer on a beach
Poet, performer, and educator Jake Marmer is the author of three poetry collections: Cosmic Diaspora (Station Hill Press, 2020), as well as The Neighbor Out of Sound (2018) and Jazz Talmud (2012), both from The Sheep Meadow Press. He also released two klez-jazz-poetry records: Purple Tentacles of Thought and Desire (2020, with Cosmic Diaspora Trio), and Hermeneutic Stomp (Blue Fringe Music, 2013). Jake is the poetry critic for Tablet Magazine. Born in the provincial steppes of Ukraine, in a city that was renamed four times in the past 100 years, Jake lives in Los Angeles.

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