Is It Art Or A Mess?
Here's a description of McMillen's work and this piece:
Using cast-offs from everyday life as his primary material resource, Michael C. McMillen has been making large-scale constructed environments, mixed-media sculptures and installations since the early 1970s (he earned his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles). Born in Los Angeles in 1946, McMillen began his career in the film industry, building props and creating special effects for movies such as "Blade Runner" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind.: Like films, McMillen's fastidiously constructed works function as portals into other worlds, allowing us to self-consciously explore our relationship to time, place and narrative.
One of McMillen's most beloved and best-known works is "The Central Meridian" (1981), (also known as "The Garage"), which is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This life-sized simulacrum of a cluttered 1960s era garage functions something like a time machine or a time capsule, transporting viewers to another era replete with musty odors, dusty surfaces and an idiosyncratic collection of objects. More recently, McMillen has been concerned with the relationship between time, change and illusion. In the tradition of California assemblage, he combines objects in surrealistic ways that invite associative, metaphorical reads rather than specific histories or narratives.I understand why Larry likes this environment. It reminds him of his Dad's garage and work bench in Sherman Oaks when he was growing up. I'm sure he spent many long hours in that garage, working on cars, tinkering with small appliances and building things out of wood with his Dad. Those were simpler times for Larry when he had fewer responsbilities. How lovely to spend a Saturday just tinkering away in the dusty, garage, learning all about tools, gears and such.
Wouldn't it be nice if Mr. Larry could re-create the garage of his youth right in his own backyard?