John Miller, “The Collapse of Neoliberalism”
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Since the early 1980s, this veteran artist—a CalArts colleague of Mike Kelly, Tony Oursler and Jim Shaw—has used the lens of identity, economics and class to slyly deconstruct the pretensions of both the art world and society at large. In this exhibition, he returns to a motif he’s previously employed: That department store mainstay and ambassador of the uncanny valley known as the mannequin. Here mannequins are deployed as agents of malaise in a sculptural tableau, as well as in a series of photos featuring dummies posed against images of generic images—an office, a hospital, a spaceship control center—sourced from Amazon.