As part of our preview to “Bailout,” a group exhibition we have curated under the new ‘Solidified by SLAMXHYPE’ project we are profiling each artist involved. Bringing together a host of names to feature at this exciting milestone for all involved here at SLAMXHYPE with the exhibition opening first on December 6, then for a second time on December 11 at the Continental Gallery in Downtown LA. We have kicked off the profile’s with Jeff McMillan, a name renown in the LA area and will certainly add a unique dimension to the show, while we also give you a glimpse of one of Jeff’s works for the exhibition.
SLAMXHYPE – Please introduce yourself and what is your background?
JEFF MCMILLAN – My name is Jeff McMillan, I’m a freelance artist/painter/illustrator. I graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration. I enjoy odd topics and figure I should paint them. I live and work in Long Beach, CA.
SXH – Can you tell us a bit about your artwork for the show?
JM – I did one piece on a fictional blue demon character that spits gold that lives up in the himalayas, he fancies a middle eastern boy scout uniform and hangs out with a dodo bird, he is the demon of want. I did two other pieces that comment on the identities of fast food chains.
SXH – How did you interperate and execute the title “Bailout”?
JM – I did one piece that comments on the act of being bailed out and what kind of strings are attached. The knight in shinning armour is a mysterious blue demon boy that spits out gold. He provides and we take, but there is always a price.
I did two other pieces that show the dark underbelly of the fast food chains, when people are pinching pennies they go for cheap food ex. “McDonalds” basically the monopolization of what to eat when times are tough.
SXH – What is your take on commercial art?
JM – Some of it is very cool, and some of it is very lame, it depends on what your purpose is. In the end, if your still doing it for the right reasons then it’s fine.
SXH – How do you plan to celebrate the holidays?
JM – Relaxing then stressing then relaxing, I’m not sure if it’s in that order.