Hershey's Kisses by Andrew Miller
8"x10" ($24) | 11"x14" ($60) | 16"x20" ($240) | 24"x30" ($1,200)
There’s something seductively familiar about the silhouette we spy in Andrew Miller’s latest edition, Hershey's Kisses. The crinkled curves, the teeny flag flying from the tip, the telltale teardrop shape. Even though Miller has made this morsel minimal with a stark whitewash, the shape alone is so distinctive that it still promises a sweet surprise. It has our whole office already dreaming of Valentine’s candy, and marveling at Miller’s magnificent ability to reincarnate an ordinary object through his extraordinary treatment—something we find all the more revealing when the image is viewed in the context of his Brand Spirit series as a whole. Besides, we can’t think of a better gift for an artsy valentine than this reimagined Hershey's Kisses.
Andrew Miller’s series has always been a collector favorite—from the classic Polaroid, to our first computers, to elegant, old-school writing contraptions—his cheeky play on brand identity urges the viewer to focus on shape and design by removing all aspects of color and logo. His approach to each subject is specific and equivalent. In turn, the beholder has the unique opportunity to pointedly reassess everyday objects, while recalling and reveling in classic designs. It’s a mesmerizing undertaking, and one that’s excellently unavoidable when viewing Miller’s work.
While savoring our new perspective, we admit we still know these objects intimately (in the case of Hershey's Kisses, perhaps too intimately). They are sunk into our subconscious just as soundly as the Macintosh boot-up noise, the click of typewriter keys, and the feeling of a Kiss being placed in your palm.
With the day of lurrrrve approaching, we expect every office will have a bowl of these li'l chocolatey bites. Instead of gifting your loved one the usual flowers or candy, why not class it up with a print of delicious caliber? Your Valentine (or Galentine, or...Broentine?) is the perfect recipient of an art piece that will never go bad: Andrew Miller’s Hershey's Kisses.
With (he)art for everyone,
Jen Bekman + Team 20x200