Contemporary art by Mike Kelley

Los Angeles–based artist, critic, and curator Mike Kelley‘s varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, wall-size drawings, paintings, and collaborations with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler to create contemporary art.

Kelley’s work challenged the legitimacy of “normative” values and authority systems, often employing the confrontational practices of punk music. He often sought to legitimize overlooked instances of vernacular art in America, as in his “Kandors” series, begun in 1999, in which he cast representations of Superman’s birthplace Kandor, taken from comic books, in colored resins and set them in tinted glass bottles to resemble illuminated reliquaries.

Artist Mike Kelley's varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, leaving an almost eternal legacy on Contemporary art. Contemporary art Contemporary art by Mike Kelley Contemporary art by Mike Kelley artists I Lobo you4

Artist Mike Kelley's varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, leaving an almost eternal legacy on Contemporary art. Contemporary art Contemporary art by Mike Kelley Contemporary art by Mike Kelley artists I Lobo you5

Artist Mike Kelley's varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, leaving an almost eternal legacy on Contemporary art. Contemporary art Contemporary art by Mike Kelley Contemporary art by Mike Kelley artists I Lobo you7

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Artist Mike Kelley's varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, leaving an almost eternal legacy on Contemporary art. Contemporary art Contemporary art by Mike Kelley Contemporary art by Mike Kelley artists I Lobo you8

Mike Kelley was born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, and died in 2012 in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. in 1976 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his M.F.A. in 1978 from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.
Positing cerebral concepts from psychology, philosophy, and art theory against kitschy craft mediums, awkward adolescent scenarios, and rudimentary renderings, Mike Kelley’s oeuvre works against art’s hierarchical history as it expands its breadth. His 2005 project, “Day Is Done,” is a massive, amorphous collection of works in diverse media that reconstruct purported “repressed memories” of generic high–school activities as recorded in anonymous yearbook photographs. He scrutinizes moments of ritual and tradition by restaging scenes common in American adolescence, such as school dances and Halloween activities, investigating the moral and experiential subtexts of these events in the process.
Mike leaves his legacy as eternal inspiration to contemporary artists.
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