Mike Kelley (1954-2012)

Mike Kelley and Ericka Beckman - Blind Country (1989) [web only; no mobile-media]
Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known to Elicit Curiosity
and Manipulatory Responses
Extracurricular Activity & Superman Recites (1999-2000)
Mike Kelley and Michael Smith - A Voyage of Growth and Discovery (2010)
"Stretched"; a documentary about Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy (2008) dir. Ian MacTilstra

West Coast artist Mike Kelley was one of the most provocative and influential figures in contemporary art. Kelley's idiosyncratic body of work includes performance art, installations, and sculptures. His works negotiate a highly charged terrain of desire, dread and sociopathology in everyday American life. With deadpan humor, he often reinvests childhood toys, kitsch, and ordinary objects with subversive meaning.

For many years Kelley was involved in video projects as performer, collaborator, and maker. Among his collaborators are important figures in art, performance, film and video, including Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Ericka Beckman, Tony Oursler, Tony Conrad, Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto. As a performer, Kelley exhibits a psychodramatic intensity; his collaborative video projects inhabit a peculiarly American landscape infused with irony and pop cultural debris.

Mike Kelley was born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan and died in 2012. Kelley earned a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. In 2013, Kelley's work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, which will travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 1993 a retrospective of Kelley's work was exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, which traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Haus der Kunst, Munich. A 1997 retrospective was organized by the Museu D'art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain, and traveled to the Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden, and the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Kelley's Mobile Homestead, a permanent art work and public sculpture, is located on the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. -- EAI

These titles are available for exhibitions, screenings, and institutional use through Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), NY. Please visit the EAI Online Catalogue for further information about this artist and work. The EAI site offers extensive resources for curators, students, artists and educators, including: an in-depth guide to exhibiting, collecting, and preserving media art; A Kinetic History: The EAI Archives Online, a collection of essays, primary documents, and media charting EAI's 40-year history and the early years of the emergent video art scene; and expanded contextual and educational materials.

Mike Kelley in UbuWeb Sound