Selected works by Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian
Supreme Court


305 x 457 cm
Rodney McMillian’s Supreme Court towers as a monument of dysfunction. Cut from canvas, and placed unstretched on the wall, McMillian presents the great American institution as a ramshackle ruin, a floppy and flaccid emblem of lost power. Adorned with poured paint to create a ‘marble’ facade, McMillian’s halls of justice posit this ‘downfall of the republic’ as humorous and poignant protest, rendered in the subversive scrawl of graffiti. Surging forward as an unruly wave Supreme Court implies disaster in its wake.

Other Resources - Rodney McMillian; Untitled (ellipses) II
Rodney McMillian's work limns absence as an unmitigated presence. His take on absence is more sensuous than cerebral. He doesn't deconstruct the idea of absence and then rebuild it as a dialectical opposition, positing that what's not seen, felt, experienced is as significant, perhaps more so, as that which is.
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Untitled (ellipses) II
In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Rodney McMillian presents a group of works that are inter-connected by an exploration of the chasm between recorded and real-time history.
Approaching this rather complex subject from various points of view - the domestic, the art historical, the bourgeois, the personal - McMillian's working method is a strategy of omissions in which eclipsed fragments and characters come to live more vividly than the recorded facts. - Rodney McMillian
Painting. B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; attended California Institute of the Arts as a Joan Mitchell grant nominee. He was awarded the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Presidential Scholars in 2000 and an Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship.
- Rodney McMillian
Stories on a Street in Gary, Indiana
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