We had the good fortune of connecting with Easton Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Easton, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I feel like this might seem obvious, but I think that the definition of success is something that should be ever changing. Being able to take what might be self-perceived as a failure at one point, and then using that new found knowledge as a tool moving forward is incredibly helpful. I also try to hold myself to the highest standards I can, and to surround myself with people who do the same. Having an active dialogue with other driven/intelligent/hilarious/creative people that you respect is crucial. Even though there is a negative aspect to this tendency, I place a lot of value on being truly critical of who I am, who I am capable of being, and what I bring into the world. With all that said, nothing is more important than genuinely believing in the projects that you choose to spend your time and energy on.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The foundation of my practice for the last decade is predicated around years of writing down non-attributed quotes in pocket-sized notebooks whenever I hear something ridiculous, hilarious, upsetting, thought provoking, etc. When I first started doing this I had no real intention behind the act outside of amusing my friends and myself with the wide spectrum of what people say on a daily basis. As time went by it became increasingly interesting to look back at my life in these punctuated bursts devoid of context. Eventually, I started selecting different entries out of my books, and creating pieces based on what I’d chosen. The works become a visual representation of non-sequitor narratives that mirror current society’s curated existence through social media platforms. Simultaneously functioning as a deeply personal outlet to further analyze the psychology behind validation, inadequacy, self discovery, and the culture in which we’ve all found ourselves. I got to where I am at professionally by working my ass off, and holding myself to a very high standard. My Grandpa always said that nothing worth doing is easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. My Mom always said (and still does), “If people worried half as much about their own shit as they did other people’s – they would be a lot happier”. I fully subscribe to these notions, and try to be the best version of myself that I can be as often as I’m able.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Quarantine, pandemic, and wild fires aside: The Museum of Jurassic Technology Velveteria Tong’s Tropical Fish & Pets in Fountain Valley Carnitas Michoacan in Lincoln Heights Tacos La Estrella Gallery ALSO, and the multitude of other excellent alternative gallery spaces in LA The lake at the top of Park Ernest E. Debs Cliff jumping in near Altadena The desert (Joshua Tree) Amoeba Records in Hollywood Footsies Pizzanista Bundle Mill Country Club (if they have something crazy going on) The Hammer Museum (depending on what is showing) Geffen MOCA (depending on what is showing) LACMA (depending on what is showing) Rose Bowl Flea Market
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am beyond fortunate to have so many incredible people in my life, and I know that I couldn’t possibly list every person that deserves a shout out. A HUGE SHOUT OUT to my amazing family, friends, partner, and the art community as a whole! I hope that doesn’t sound like a cop out, because it’s true! As far as a book goes, I fully recommend “Everything Matters!” by Ron Currie Jr., and “Plainwater” by Anne Carson.