Chicago Tribune, Art: Gallery Scene, 1989

By David McCracken. View/download

Actually Mills’ wall constructions begin much grittier than they end, as he scours abandoned older buildings for the scarred and weatherbeaten wood facades and ornamentation that he recombines in abstract compositions that are themselves remeniscent of architectural patterning. 

But his training as a painter is not left behind. The richly textured wood surfaces are brushed in delicate washes of color some seeps into cracks in deeper hues. Mills thus combines the pathos of use, the recirculation of architectural history and the subtle hand of a painter. 

—Davic McCracken