I’m really looking forward to checking out the Mike Kelley show opening at MOCA on March 31. If you haven’t seen his work before, this will be a great show to catch – it’s the largest survey of his work to-date.
Mike Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles from the mid-1970s until his death last year and is considered to be one of the most important artists of the last quarter century for a number of reasons. One is that he picked up where pop art left off and was one of the first to mine the baser aspects of pop culture and suburbia and create art out of it, making commentary on class relations, sexuality, religion and politics. Kelley pioneered the way to bring low brow culture into mainstream of art and his ‘thrift store aesthetic’ influenced a generation of artists. Although he’s largely identified with his stuffed animal pieces, he worked in a multitude of mediums — drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography and painting.
More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin
stuffed fabric toys on afghans on canvas with dried corn; wax candles on wood and metal base
All works are (c)Mike Kelley and courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.