By Mike Kelley
What John C. Welchman calls the "blazing community of centred conflations" from which Mike Kelley's kinds are generated is on reveal in all its variety in this moment quantity of the artist's writings. the 1st quantity, Foul Perfection, contained thematic essays and writings approximately different artists; this assortment concentrates on Kelley's personal paintings, starting from texts in "voices" that grew out of scripts for functionality items to expository severe and autobiographical writings.Minor Histories organizes Kelley's writings into 5 sections. "Statements" includes twenty items produced among 1984 and 2002 (most of which have been written to accompany exhibitions), together with "Ajax," which pulls on Homer, Colgate- Palmolive, and Longinus to provide its eponymous hero; "Some Aesthetic excessive Points," an workout in autobiography that counters the normal artist bio incorporated in catalogs and press releases; and a chain of "creative writings" that use mass cultural tropes in live performance with excessive artwork mannerisms--approximating in prose the visible types that symbolize Kelley's paintings. "Video Statements and recommendations" are introductions to movies made by means of Kelley and different artists, together with Paul McCarthy and Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose. "Image-Texts" deals writings that accompany or are a part of works of art and installations. This part contains "A Stopgap Measure," Kelley's zestful millennial essay in social satire, and "Meet John Doe," a college of appropriated texts. "Architecture" good points an dialogue of Kelley's academic complicated (1995) and an interview within which he displays at the function of structure in his paintings. eventually, "Ufology" considers the aesthetics and sexuality of house as manifested via unidentified flying object sightings and abduction situations.
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Seventy-four Garbage Drawings and One Bush is the last series of works that make up Half a Man. 4 The drawings are accurate, except that everything apart from the garbage—the landscape, architecture, and ﬁgures—has been left out. Obviously geared toward the concerns of children, the main themes of the Sad Sack comic stories are incompetence, subjugation, and ﬁlthiness. By setting the action in a military environment, however, these concerns are turned around and projected back onto the adult world.
23 Walt Whitman 12. A painting is a thing which requires as much cunning, rascality, and viciousness as the perpetration of a crime. Edgar Degas 13. The artist need no longer think of the souls of his fellowmen. He can forget them, forget men and everything. He can do as he pleases, he is sure his work will lead nobody astray. François Mauriac 14. We shelter in ourselves an angel whom we constantly shock. Jean Cocteau 15. In our oh-so-civilized society it is necessary for me to lead the life of a savage.
This statement is published here for the ﬁrst time. The installation consists of a long narrow room, the walls of which are covered in maroon felt. Portrait paintings of horses are located at each end, and a row of felt banners hangs from poles on the long, facing walls. Dividing the room in half is a freestanding wall/painting ﬂanked on both sides by dog beds. 1 Suspended at an angle from the walls in a manner reminiscent of heraldic devices, the felt banners are composed in the school colors, blue and maize (a golden, corncolored yellow), and the subject matter is completely derived from materials I received over the years from university mailings.