Friday, February 22, 2019


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.


Janitorial Banner

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.


cat eyes & skinny jeans October 6, 2018 at 22:35

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

Marieken Hoefnagel October 7, 2018 at 05:03

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 🙂

Punctuation Mark October 7, 2018 at 21:30

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

Krysten Gautreaux October 7, 2018 at 22:12

Wow I like his work!

About Last Weekend October 8, 2018 at 09:34

Those two monkeys are so disconcerting!

FASHION TALES October 8, 2018 at 17:15

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.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic October 8, 2018 at 23:47

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

Pamela RG October 9, 2018 at 08:55

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

miss b October 9, 2018 at 14:32

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

Boye By Red October 10, 2018 at 03:40

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

Rowena @ rolala loves October 10, 2018 at 22:20

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.

Stephanie Loudmouth October 12, 2018 at 01:03

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

Diana Mieczan October 12, 2018 at 03:04

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

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking October 12, 2018 at 11:57

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

June October 12, 2018 at 16:13

His work is really cool! Have a great time at the show!
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Rebecca October 12, 2018 at 17:13

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

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic October 13, 2018 at 05:39

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

Margaret October 13, 2018 at 13:51

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

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