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The symptomatic eye of Mike Kelley

Contemporary Art | The Pompidou Centre is to present a reconfigured version of the Mike Kelley retrospective first shown at the Stedelijk museum. A major player on the Californian art scene who passed away in 2012, his work was inspired by « sub-cultures » , popular mythology and « minor » or « parasitic » contemporary histories such as punk, science fiction and spectacular technological demonstrations. A member of punk group « destroy all monsters » early on in life, his take on pop culture and its imagery was neither condescending nor mindful of good taste. On the contrary, for Kelley, these pieces were a window onto the symptoms of psychologies, neuroses and problems common to all social classes, and their ports of entry; entry into the conventions, norms and levels of an institutionalised social and cultural structure containing hidden quarters, basements, bins and monsters. How do you describe, depict and define cultural conventions?

Mike Kelley © DR
Mike Kelley
© DR

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