Adele Mills earned her MFA from CalArts in 2003 and was a research scholar at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women from 2005 to 2007. Over the last decade she has honed a technique of combining photography, painting and digital rendering to produce abstract and figurative work with a structural layering, where one image is viewed through the transparency of a second image. The signature gap between the layers in her work creates a displacement of colors, shape and composition and produces doublings, fadings and seeming movement, as aspects of the image are activated through the shifting perspective of the viewer. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.



EXCERPT FROM: Adele Mills: Parallax Gap

A photograph is just a flat surface it does not give enough or reveal enough- I want to get inside the image.  Photography has always disappointed me.  I have always wanted it to be more.  It promises an intimate return of a memory but it cannot fully deliver on that promise.  My frustration got me thinking that maybe the problem was not the image itself but the structure in which it is viewed.  Conceptually that was the premise for the series Parallax Gap, to create an architecture that would allow me to poke around inside the image in both space and time and see what else could be found.  By chance I discovered a scrim fabric that when printed on allowed one image to be seen through another image.  Eventually it occurred to me that dividing the two images with an empty space in between provided the framework I was looking for.  Now I was “inside.”

I chose one photograph to experiment with and I worked on it extensively.  It was an image of a scene depicting a critical moment in my life that I most wanted to re-experience.  The parallax structure was a way to go back in and examine the experience more closely paying attention to details that I may have missed.  What I recall is that everything seemed to be moving too fast, some things were hyper–real, colors exaggerated, sensations intensified, the rest was out of focus, a blur.  The two images, Birdword and Recent Findings, are pieces extracted and transformed from the original photo that I am still working on.  Some stories will not leave you.

-Adele Mills


Lives and works in Los Angeles.


2007       Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
2003        MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


2016        four acts and a landscape, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles
2015         C24 Gallery, New York, New York : July-August
2014         Photo L.A., Los Angeles, California
2013         HOSTAGE, Galerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, Germany
2009        scrambled eggs, cupcakes and Hap-penis, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2008        Blind-date, Sea and Space Explorations, LA, CA
2006        America v. Andrea Yates?, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA, LA, CA
2005        Blind Spot, Paxico Gallery, LA, CA
2003        Trace, Gallery D-300, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2002        Rose, Rose, Mid-Residency Exhibition, CalArts, Valencia, CA


2016         Seconds, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles
2013         Eclectic Gallery Window, Berlin, Germany
                Berliner Liste, Gallerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, Germany
                City and Self, Red Pipe Gallery, LA, CA
                DARK, Gallerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, Germany
                C.A.R. MEDIA ART FAIR at Welterbe Zollverein, Essen, Germany
                Seddiki, Mills, Kimmerl, HAUTEMANIERE, Galerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, Germany
                AAF Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
                LA Art Show 2013, LA, CA (with Gallerie Kunstcomplex)
                The Couple/The Pair, Gallery 825, LA, CA
                Snap to Grid, LACDA, LA, CA
2012         Galerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, Germany
                 Give Us your Best Shot!, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
                 C.A.R. Innovative Media Art Fair, Welterbe Zollverein, Essen, Germany
                 Network, Zaha Museum, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Sudkorea
                 Image & Word, AVC Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA
                 Contemporary Art Ruhr Media Art Fair, Essen, Germany
                 The F-Stops Here, Gallery 825, LA, CA
                 V.S., Gallery 825, LA, CA, Juror: Michele Urton, Gemini G.E.L.
2011          Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
                 Not A C.A.R., Gallery 825, LA, CA, Jurors: Silvia Sonnenschmidt & Thomas Volkman
2010         Wrathful Battle Aspect, Gallery 825, LA, CA, Juror: Michelle Pobar, Honor Fraser Gallery
                 Gem, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2009        Summertime Beach Resort II, Sea and Space Explorations, LA, CA
                 Moca Fresh Auctions, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LA, CA
2008       Conventions and Attitudes (Exchange Rate 2008), LA, CA
                 Conventions and Attitudes (Exchange Rate 2008), CUNY, NY
                 In the News, Pen and Brush, NY, NY
                 WOMAN!, The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, NY, NY
                 Novella, Gallery 825, LA, CA
                 California Open Exhibition, Tag Gallery, LA, CA
                 Breaking in Two, Abeles, LA, CA
2007        Go Native, Gallery 825, LA, CA
2004        We've Moved, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2001         Fresh Meat, Claremont Gallery, Pomona, CA


2007       UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Research Scholar
2005       UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Research Scholar, 2005-06
2001       James S. Copley Foundation Fellowship


"Adele Mills: Parallax Gap," Emerge, Issue 45
Frank Becker, "Quiet Pictures: Work of Adele Mills," Musenblatter, June 2013
EXCHANGE RATE: 2008 Nov. 4, LA, CA
HAPPENINGS, CalArts September-October


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