Curator Elysian McNiff has five additional videos projected on the landings of the Granoff Center's main stairway (which doesn't much flatter art). In The Shape of Our Best Intentions (2011), a couple in a small room folds red sheets until the camera pulls back to reveal the room they're in is a set, rotating in a dark, flooded room. In What Stands Between Us and the Sun (2010), a couple sits in a boat that glides across a sea of mirrored Mylar-topped tables in a vast mill. They get out and sit in chairs. Then tabletops fold up to form a room around them that blocks out the sun blazing in through windows at the end of the space.
Though it may not be apparent to viewers, the McMillans' inspirations are often clear and specific. When We Didn't. . . is inspired by their childhood play — treehouses and damming up streams and then getting called home for supper. The Shape. . . began as a mediation on marriage. The distance between their inspirations and the videos' symbolic actions may account for the way they seem to build toward revelations that never quite arrive. Or, to put it another way, they always leave me wanting more.
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