Thursday, February 16, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A sad farewell to Mike Kelley yesterday and forever. I was 15 or 16 when I first came in contact with his work, like a lot of people my age did, in the form of Sonic Youth's Dirty record art. I remember it was snowy out and a friend of mine was annoyed that he had to circle the block around the record shop while I got this brand new tape we couldn't even listen to cause he didn't have a tape deck in his car. We drove home, already inspecting the artwork and liner notes, strangely unsettled by the eerie portraits of smeared, discarded stuffed animals. Years later I would learn more about Kelley's ties to Detroit and Destroy All Monsters and become more familiar with his weird, sharp style equal parts ridiculous and meticulous. I'm sad to see him go, and confused by his suicide, a horrific move in any circumstance, but so often a useless and selfish choice. My friend Forest linked up this amazing interview from 1991, and Kelley's segments on PBS' Art 21 series were some of the funniest and most interesting on the show. Peace, Mike.
In other art world news, Damned Dogs are headed to New York later this month to play a very special gig at the New Museum in lower Manhattan. More news on this soon, but I have got to say I haven't been this excited about a show in a while.