Rodney McMillian’s multimedia installations recycle remnants of everyday life into objects that deconstruct the tenets of historical interpretation. Formally trained in both painting and foreign affairs, McMillian in his exhibitions and performances juxtaposes a variety of media—from realist paintings to found objects and video—resisting adherence to a single creative practice. These strategies provide a language to examine an idea of history as a non-linear construction, consumerism, and pop culture.
Rodney McMillian was born in Columbia, SC, in 1969. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. McMillian received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, in 2005. He has had solo exhibitions at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK), Aachen, Germany (2007); Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA (2006, 03); and Triple Candie, New York, NY (2003), among others. His group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2008); Rodney McMillian and Olga Koumoundouros: On a Porch, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and Painting in Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2006). He was recently awarded the William H. Johnson Prize by The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts (2007).