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Fri, May. 1st, 2009 07:18 am
The Great Depression

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(Anonymous)
Sat, May. 2nd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)

In the world of tears and dreams Mike Mills would be a millionaire. In the real world his ideas are not worth half a packet of Shibuya street tissues. To me he invokes many of the worst qualities of self indulgent street artists; a novelty aesthetic barely sustained by facile concepts. Which seems unacceptable considering he is dealing with something as important and difficult as depression. I haven't read your article, but his previous works that addressed or touched on depression were almost insultingly saccharine (e.g. The 'Fireworks' and 'Rainbows' series of works for Nieves, Thumbsucker). Another west coaster projecting an overly friendly world of saturated colours and interpersonal 'issues'. What did i miss, where is the appeal? I can't figure out why many of the people i find interesting (Elein Fleiss, Here and There magazine, Yukinori Maeda, etc. etc.) promote him.


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