By Mike Kelley

The paintings of artist Mike Kelley (b. 1954) embraces functionality, set up, drawing, portray, video, and sculpture. Drawing distinctively on excessive paintings and vernacular traditions, together with ancient learn, pop culture, and psychology, Kelley got here to prominence within the Eighties with a chain of sculptures composed of craft fabrics. His contemporary paintings bargains dialogues with structure and with repressed reminiscence syndrome, and a sustained inquiry into his personal aesthetic and social historical past. the topics on which Kelley has written are as assorted as his creative media. They contain the paintings of fellow artists, sound, cartoon, the uncanny, UFOlogy, and gender-bending.This booklet bargains a various number of Kelley's writings from the final twenty-five years. It includes significant serious texts on paintings, movie, and the broader tradition, together with his piece at the aesthetic he calls "urban Gothic." It additionally comprises essays, generally commissioned for exhibition catalogs and journals, at the artists and teams David Askevold, ???yvind Fahlstr???m, Douglas Huebler, John Miller, Survival study Laboratories, and Paul Thek, between others. Kelley's voices are passionate, analytic, and ironic, and his serious intelligence is leavened with touches of caprice.

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The grotesque displacement of the order of the body is a mainstay of popular art. Cartoons and horror films provide numerous examples of it, and in many of these the move toward abstraction is consciously erotic. The ambiguous humanity of these distorted images 28 creates a tension between attraction and repulsion. As it is disordered, the whole comes to take on the image of its parts, and the parts that most often come to the foreground are the genitals. The monstrous figure truly becomes an erotic ornament.

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Cartoons and horror films provide numerous examples of it, and in many of these the move toward abstraction is consciously erotic. The ambiguous humanity of these distorted images 28 creates a tension between attraction and repulsion. As it is disordered, the whole comes to take on the image of its parts, and the parts that most often come to the foreground are the genitals. The monstrous figure truly becomes an erotic ornament. The dichotomy of soft and hard becomes dominant, and animated and still cartoons are filled with jokes about various parts of the body replacing genital capacity for flaccidity or erection.

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