Mike Mellia’s American Dream

Barbie pink and psychiatric green in an exhibition on perfection and perversity

“I am interested in exploring a fine art approach to advertising, and an advertising approach to fine art,” says photographer Mike Mellia. His latest show, “The American Dream,” explores the poles of perfection and perversity in society at large. A series of portraits and still lifes, the images bear a likeness to Mellia’s other work in advertising. Glossy and glorified, the somber messaging falls even …