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Minor Histories : Statements, Conversations, Proposals - Mike Kelley

Minor Histories

Statements, Conversations, Proposals

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780262611985
Number Of Pages: 458
For Ages: 18+ years old

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What John C. Welchman calls the "blazing network of focused conflations" from which Mike Kelley's styles are generated is on display in all its diversity in this second volume of the artist's writings. The first volume, "Foul Perfection," contained thematic essays and writings about other artists; this collection concentrates on Kelley's own work, ranging from texts in "voices" that grew out of scripts for performance pieces to expository critical and autobiographical writings. "Minor Histories" organizes Kelley's writings into five sections. "Statements" consists of twenty pieces produced between 1984 and 2002 (most of which were written to accompany exhibitions), including "Ajax," which draws on Homer, Colgate- Palmolive, and Longinus to present its eponymous hero; "Some Aesthetic High Points," an exercise in autobiography that counters the standard artist bio included in catalogs and press releases; and a sequence of "creative writings" that use mass cultural tropes in concert with high art mannerisms--approximating in prose the visual styles that characterize Kelley's artwork. "Video Statements and Proposals" are introductions to videos made by Kelley and other artists, including Paul McCarthy and Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose. "Image-Texts" offers writings that accompany or are part of artworks and installations. This section includes "A Stopgap Measure," Kelley's zestful millennial essay in social satire, and "Meet John Doe," a collage of appropriated texts. "Architecture" features an discussion of Kelley's Educational Complex (1995) and an interview in which he reflects on the role of architecture in his work. Finally, "Ufology" considers the aesthetics and sexuality of space as manifested by UFO sightings and abduction scenarios.

Prefacep. xii
Introductionp. xiv
Ajax (1984)p. 2
Three Projects: Half a Man, From My Institution to Yours, Pay for Your Pleasure (1988)p. 12
Quotations on Art and Crime for Pay for Your Pleasure (1988)p. 22
Introduction to Reconstructed History (1990)p. 28
Alma Pater (Wolverine Den) (1991)p. 32
Some Aesthetic High Points (1991)p. 40
In the Image of Man (1991)p. 50
Radical Scavengers (Letter) (1993)p. 56
Missing Time: Works on Paper 1974-1976, Reconsidered (1995)p. 60
Goin' Home, Goin' Home (1995)p. 72
Land O'Lakes/Land O'Snakes (1996)p. 82
The Poetry of Form (1996)p. 94
Sublevel: Dim Recollection Illuminated by Multicolored Swamp Gas (1998)p. 102
Statement for the Visitor's Gallery: Out of Actions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998) (with Paul McCarthy)p. 112
The Meaning Is Confused Spatiality, Framed (1999)p. 118
A Minor History: Categorical Imperative and Morgue (1999)p. 138
On Folk Art (2001)p. 144
Memory Ware (2000-01)p. 150
Black Out (2001)p. 156
On Some Figurative Artists of the Late 1960s: Responses to Questions for Eye Infection (2001-02)p. 164
Video Statements and Proposals
The Futurist Ballet (Mike Kelley, 1973)p. 176
Beholden to Victory (Tony Conrad, 1980-83)p. 180
The Banana Man (Mike Kelley, 1983)p. 184
EVOL (Tony Oursler, 1984)p. 188
Kappa (Bruce and Norman Yonemoto and Mike Kelley, 1986)p. 190
Family Tyranny and Cultural Soup (Paul McCarthy, 1987)p. 194
Sir Drone (Raymond Pettibon, 1988)p. 196
Blind Country (Ericka Beckman and Mike Kelley, 1989)p. 200
One Hundred Reasons (Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, and Mike Kelley, 1991)p. 204
Heidi: Midlife Crisis Trauma Center and Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone (Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, 1992)p. 208
Heidi's Four Basket Dances (Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, 1992)p. 212
Three Proposals for Zoo TV (Mike Kelley, 1996)p. 214
Fresh Acconci (Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, 1996)p. 220
The Pole Dance (Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler in collaboration with Anita Pace, 1997)p. 224
Out O' Actions (Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, 1998)p. 226
Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known to Elicit Curiosity and Manipulatory Responses (Mike Kelley, 1999) and A Dance Incorporating Movements Derived from Experiments by Harry F. Harlow and Choreographed in the Manner of Martha Graham (Mike Kelley, 1999)p. 230
Superman Recites Selections from The Bell Jar and Other Works by Sylvia Plath (with Reference to Kandor-Con 2000) (Mike Kelley, 1999)p. 234
Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene) (Mike Kelley, 2000)p. 238
Runway for Interactive DJ Event (Mike Kelley, 2000)p. 244
Sod and Sodie Sack (Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, 1999-2002)p. 248
The Poltergeist (1979)p. 252
We Communicate Only through Our Shared Dismissal of the Pre-Linguistic: Fourteen Analyses (1995)p. 258
Timeless/Authorless: Four Recovered Memories (1995)p. 274
A Stopgap Measure (1999)p. 292
Meet John Doe (1999)p. 296
Proposal for the Decoration of an Island of Conference Rooms (with Copy Room) for an Advertising Agency Designed by Frank Gehry (1990)p. 312
Architectural Non-Memory Replaced with Psychic Reality (1996)p. 316
Missing Space/Time: A Conversation between Mike Kelley, Kim Colin, and Mark Skiles (1996)p. 324
An Architecture Composed of the Paintings of Richard Powers and Francis Picabia (1997) (with Paul McCarthy)p. 340
Light and Color, Mostly (1993)p. 348
Weaned on Conspiracy: A Dialogue between Chris Wilder and Mike Kelley (1998)p. 384
The Aesthetics of Ufology (1997/2002)p. 400
Indexp. 414
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ISBN: 9780262611985
ISBN-10: 0262611988
Series: Writing Art
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 20.12  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.95