Mark Takamichi Miller

Most people go to Costco for groceries and a year’s supply of toilet paper. Mark Takamichi Miller goes for inspiration. Back in the day, he discovered it was possible to buy other people’s snapshots from the photo booth at Costco. So he bought some and painted their subjects. And while Costco has since changed its ordering process to make such photo-voyeurism impossible (Miller maintains he likely influenced this policy change), the concept hasn’t died. Instead, his new series, “Abandoned and Thieves” (through Sept. 28), relies on film abandoned at a photo kiosk and a roll dropped by fleeing car prowlers. (Do they appear on World’s Dumbest Criminals?) Miller then applies a different technique to each reproduction. For example, he carefully singed the paint used on the thieves’ portraits. No word on whether they were ever caught. Howard House, 604 Second Ave., 256-6399, www.howardhouse.net. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. JOSHUA LYNCH

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Starts: Aug. 29. Continues through Sept. 28, 2008

 
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