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Victoria Miller's Liquid Cities Light Up George Billis Gallery's 'The Cityscape Show II' (PHOTOS)

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A sequined gown sweeping across a freshly polished floor, street lights squiggling from the view of the driver's seat, urban imagery gets an abstract expressionist touch with Victoria Miller's painterly lens. The Bay Area-born artist incorporates the influence of emotive painters like Richard Diebenkornand Nathan Oliviera in her photographs of overlooked and unassuming moments, turning random fleeting moments into swells of vibrant intensity.

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Miller says on her website: "It’s about that precise moment in time," she says, "capturing the essence of something that’s elusive; here, then gone... never to occur in the exact same way again." She channels aesthetic influence at a pace as restless as the scenes she depicts. Her dreamy couture visions recall John Singer Sargent's sartorial odes while the tunnel-vision shots could be stills from a Wong Kar Wei film.

For anyone who has lived in Los Angeles, Miller's work presents a vision of a common fleeting feeling, when a regular night turns cinematic and you swear there should be a theme song playing as you zoom down the slick city streets. Her work is now on view at George Billis Gallery as part of the Cityscape Show, a group exhibition exploring the many different spaces of LA.

The show will run until September 1, 2012.

What do you think of Miller's work? Let us know in the comments.

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