Beginning Saturday, November 19, Peder Lund is honored to welcome the public into the world of the American artist Mike Kelley (b. 1954, Detroit, MI; d. 2012, South Pasadena, CA).
Mike Kelley: Kandors marks the artist's first solo exhibition in Norway, and the selected works are key examples from Kelley's highly acclaimed Kandors and related Lenticular series, which explore Kelley's interests in spatial memory and the nature of trauma as a recurrent trope in popular culture. Shown alongside the sculptures and lenticulars in the gallery will be a swirling, atmospheric video projection depicting Kelley's Bottle 1, accompanied by an otherworldly soundtrack composed by the artist.
Starting in the late 1970s, Kelley became known for performance and installation-based works; he came to prominence in the 1980s with a series of sculptures composed of common craft materials and stuffed animals; his work later widened in scope and physical scale. His projects made use of a vast range of media and forms, illustrating the artist's versatility, and underscored a number of the recurrent themes central to Kelley's artistic praxis—repressed memory, sexuality, adolescence, class, and Americana. Throughout his career, Kelley also worked on curatorial projects, collaborated with many artists and musicians, and produced a formidable body of critical and creative writing. Widely considered one of the most influential artists of his time, Kelley's expansive body of work continues to inspire young generations of artists today.
All images © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and Peder Lund.
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