At my core, I am really just an artist or someone who is meant to create, whatever that may be. I have always been creating and exploring how to produce things that aren't already in existence. I don't think I'll ever stop doing that and I'm not sure if I ever can.
For years, I have been collecting vintage books, piles of magazines, posters, and other printed matter for reference and source image materials. In my studio, I carefully select, cut, and assemble these materials into new visuals and works of art. Working both by hand and digitally allows me to create unique designs that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
I understand and portray mindsets that many of us may have but can’t express or visualize. By taking every opportunity to absorb subjects that spark emotion and action, and bringing them to the forefront of my work. I highlight the importance of the separate worlds that empower or limit each of us.
Darrin Milliner (b. 1992) is an self-taught artist, designer, and archivist of printed materials based in Pittsburgh, PA. Milliner is the founder & creative director of Social Living, a lifestyle brand that offers art for a new perspective. Milliner creates objects and images that distort and combine recognizable elements of commercial imagery to highlight the importance of the separate worlds that empower or limit each of us.
Milliner’s work has been exhibited in Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY, including the solo exhibition, Interlude, at CDCP Project Space in 2020.