Posts by: "Mike Kelley"
Mike Kelley (1954–2012) - Born in Detroit, Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles from the mid-1970s until his tragic death at the age of 57. Over his thirty-five year career, he worked in every conceivable medium—drawings on paper, sculpture, performances, music, video, photography, installation, and painting. Through his art, Kelley explored themes as diverse as American class relations, sexuality, repressed memory, systems of religion and transcendence, and post-punk politics. He brought to these subjects both incisive critique and abundant, self-deprecating humor. Aptly described by critic Holland Cotter as "one of the most influential American artists of the past quarter century and a pungent commentator on American class, popular culture and youthful rebellion."
Mike Kelley portrait, detail from "Ahh…Youth", 1991, ©Estate of Mike Kelley
Michael Smith portrait, 1981, ©General Idea