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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

cat eyes & skinny jeans February 16, 2018 at 07:37

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

Boye By Red February 16, 2018 at 14:14

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

miss b February 16, 2018 at 15:12

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

Punctuation Mark February 16, 2018 at 23:49

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

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking February 17, 2018 at 04:32

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

Stephanie Loudmouth February 17, 2018 at 13:15

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

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic February 17, 2018 at 15:40

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

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic February 18, 2018 at 06:59

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

FASHION TALES February 18, 2018 at 14:31

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.

Marieken Hoefnagel February 19, 2018 at 12:55

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 🙂

Rebecca February 19, 2018 at 20:28

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

Pamela RG February 20, 2018 at 08:59

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

Diana Mieczan February 21, 2018 at 18:58

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

June February 21, 2018 at 23:42

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

Margaret February 22, 2018 at 05:51

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

Rowena @ rolala loves February 22, 2018 at 20:49

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.

Krysten Gautreaux February 22, 2018 at 23:11

Wow I like his work!

About Last Weekend February 23, 2018 at 14:10

Those two monkeys are so disconcerting!

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