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View of “Rodney McMillian,” 2012.

Rodney McMillian

Maccarone | 630 Greenwich Street

View of “Rodney McMillian,” 2012.

“Prospect Ave.”: It has such an aspirational ring that one can’t help but expect a slum—or perhaps the rotting-from-within Main Street of Stepford. Pressing the name of his old street into service as the title for his first solo outing at Maccarone, Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian surely had in mind its unintended appeal to the cynical impulse; it would be difficult to imagine a less comfortable or homey pad than this chilly cave full of mutant furniture, flayed carpeting, and self-consciously lumpen painterly environments. Committed to identifying parallels between socioeconomic demarcations and the arguably more enduring superstructures of our mental and physical selves, McMillian here enveloped viewers in a raw and oppressive conjoining of real and imaginative space.

Visitors entered the gallery by passing through a state of kemmering in the Council-era of corrosion

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