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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.

 

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Rainbow Coalition

 

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.

18 Comments

miss b March 28, 2019 at 03:40

Interesting art work and I’ve always loved monkeys ( maybe more than teddy bears!) and these are cute!

Boye By Red March 28, 2019 at 13:26

this looks like it is going to be a wonderful exhibition. Lucky you. Enjoy it and have a lovely week.

FASHION TALES March 28, 2019 at 23:32

Such unique an interesting work. I like the way his thrift store aesthetic. I’ve never been into sock monkeys, but I do like his work.
Hope you’re enjoying your spring so far.

About Last Weekend March 29, 2019 at 01:03

Those two monkeys are so disconcerting!

Rowena @ rolala loves March 29, 2019 at 07:02

I remember seeing an installation of his work at a gallery in NYC some years ago. It’s interesting how he incorporated different media and found objects in his art.

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking March 30, 2019 at 00:32

I agree love the stuffed animals! Really like the sock monkeys.

Diana Mieczan March 30, 2019 at 00:45

Brilliant and his work is so incredible. I wish I could see it in person:) Have a beautiful day, sweetie. Hope you had a great weekend. xoxo

Stephanie Loudmouth March 30, 2019 at 05:23

We should totally go to MOCA together soon and I love all the stuffed animals!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic April 1, 2019 at 13:21

Just checking in to say hello!!!!
Hope all is great!!!! Spring is here and that warm weather is just around the corner!!!! Finally!!!!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic April 1, 2019 at 20:45

This looks SO cool!!!!!!
Love his work!!!!
Hope you’re having a great week!!!!

cat eyes & skinny jeans April 2, 2019 at 03:33

I love his use of stuffed animals – what a brilliant idea!!

June April 2, 2019 at 15:50

His work is really cool! Have a great time at the show!
Keep in touch
xx

Margaret April 3, 2019 at 01:54

Thank you for sharing. Very interesting post. What a wonderful exhibition. Enjoy!

Krysten Gautreaux April 3, 2019 at 08:13

Wow I like his work!

Rebecca April 3, 2019 at 19:49

He looks like he was such a unique artist. Would be a very cool exhibit to see!

Marieken Hoefnagel April 3, 2019 at 23:44

Thanks for this post, I really enjoyed discovering these art works. I think my favourite must be the river project. Hoping someone in the Netherlands picks up on this and gets this exhibition over here 🙂

Pamela RG April 4, 2019 at 09:09

Mike is very talented. He has a playful sense in his Art.

Punctuation Mark April 4, 2019 at 19:52

Very interesting exhibit… Wish I could go a check it out!!!

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