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Michael McMillen

L.A. Louver

Welding together heightened feeling and imaginative mechanics, “Engine of Mercy” was an apt title for Michael McMillen’s double show at both L.A. Louver locations. Populated by rickety junkyard angels with gnashing gear teeth and animated miniature building facades that grimace out at the viewer, McMillenland is an environment,by turns wacky and brooding, in which junk assembles itself into patined, dreamlike icons.

Viewers entered The Pavilion of Rain, 1987, an impressive installation in the larger of the two galleries, through a creaky beat-up screen door, and passed through an entryway walled with rusty corrugated tin. In a dim room a dilapidated houseboat listed in a ten-inch deep pool of water that nearly covered the floor.Viewers walked around the piece on a fairly dry path of rubber matting that skirted its perimeter, while the sound and smell of water drizzling from ceiling sprinklers

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