Foul Perfection

Foul Perfection Essays and Criticism

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The work of artist Mike Kelley (b.1954) embraces performance, installation, drawing, painting, video, and sculpture. Drawing distinctively on high art and vernacular traditions, including historical research, popular culture and psychology, Kelley came to prominence in the 1980s with a series of sculptures composed of craft materials. His recent work offers dialogues with architecture and with repressed memory syndrome, and a sustained inquiry into his own aesthetic and social history. The subjects on which Kelley has written are as varied as his artistic media. They include the work of fellow artists, sound, caricature, the uncanny, UFOlogy and gender-bending.;This book offers a diverse collection of Kelley's writings from the last 25 years. It contains major critical texts on art, film, and the wider culture, including his piece on the aesthetic he calls "urban Gothic". It also contains essays, mostly commissioned for exhibition catalogues and journals, on the artists and groups David Askevold, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Douglas Huebler, John Miller, Survival Research Laboratories and Paul Thek, among others. Kelley's voices are passionate, analytic and ironic, and his critical intelligence is leavened with touches of whimsy.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262112703
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 700.92
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 753g
Height: 229mm
Width: 203mm
Spine width: 11mm