May 2013

Mike Kelley

Josef Strau

THE ARTIST IS A FICTION, and Mike Kelley famously prioritized that fiction, allowing his production’s motifs to follow suit. For example, his early “birdhouses” (sculptures from his CalArts days, back in 1978 and 1979) “were made specifically to comment on my class status and on clichés of maleness,” he reflected in a 2011 interview published in the catalogue …

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