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"A Complete Unknown: The Art & Life of Brad McMillan" opens Saturday, July 14, 2018

  • Exhibition: "A Complete Unknown" The Art & Life of Brad McMillan
  • Dates: July 14 - August 11, 2018
  • Opening reception: Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 6-9PM
  • Location: Flood Plain, 3151 Cherokee Street, 63118
  • Open Hours: Saturdays, 12-5PM and by appointment                                                                                  

St. Louis, MO - The mind and hand of the late Memphis, Tennessee based artist, Brad McMillan, lent itself to 35 years of constant drawing, doodling, painting, illustrating. In “A Complete Unknown,” opening Saturday July 14th, Flood Plain collaborates with McMillan’s daughter, Catherine, to show the breadth of this artist’s thirty-plus years of self-taught creative practice and reflect on a daughter’s memories and unanswered questions regarding her deceased father’s life and work.

Since McMillan’s passing in 2007, Catherine (Cat) has been rummaging through the vast collection of drawings, paintings, photos, and correspondence her father left behind. Cat’s memory and image of her father as she knew him is full, beautiful, and solid, and could simply be left alone at that. But the discoveries Cat has made about her father in excavating this creative inheritance has created a cloud of question and about McMillan's life separate from being a father and a husband. McMillan wrote and drew constantly, saved letters written and received, and even printed out emails as he transitioned to the digital age. In a way, Cat can only contemplate about her father's past relationships, experiences, and his interpretation of the complicated times in which he came of age as an artist.

"A Complete Unknown" opens with a public reception on July 14, 2018 from 6-9PM and runs through August 11, 2018. Open hours will be held on Saturdays 12-5PM and by appointment. Viewing appointments may be scheduled by email at mcmillancat@gmail.com

Cat McMillan was born in Memphis, and raised in Dallas, TX before settling in St. Louis, Missouri for college in 2002. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Webster University in 2006 and is currently the manager of The Done Dept., a boutique print and design shop in South St. Louis. 

Flood Plain is a non-profit, artist-run art space located in St. Louis’s Gravois Park neighborhood. Founded in September 2017, Flood Plain is dedicated to exploring new ways of being and of being together in the world through collective experiences around art. We aim to support St. Louis’ artistic communities by showcasing the work of socially, aesthetically and intellectually experimental artists, and by facilitating connections between St. Louis and the creative communities of the Midwest and South.