Michael C. McMillen: The Pequod II

On view October 10, 2020 to September 11, 2022

Michael C. McMillen’s The Pequod II derives its title from the whaling ship in Herman Melville’s 1851 literary classic Moby-Dick. The ship’s name refers to the Pequot tribe whose members survive today in Connecticut. Suspended in air like an apparition, the vessel and its billowing sails suggest constant motion, yet it never makes progress.

Look closely and you can see how McMillen created his meticulously detailed assemblage out of common domestic objects, such as vacuum cleaner parts and colanders. His mastery of illusionary techniques draws on traditions from Hollywood set design. McMillen’s father worked as a set builder and McMillen himself worked on renowned films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner.

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TOP VIDEO CLIP: Michael C. McMillen, The Pequod II, 1987. © Michael C. McMillen. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

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