Foul Perfection: Essays and Criticism

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Overview

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 twenty-five 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 catalogs and journals, on the artists and groups David Askevold, �yvind
Fahlstr�m, 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.

The MIT Press

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"This collection proves that [Kelley] has not only helped write history but has had an effect on it." Diedrich Diederichsen ARTFORUM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262611787
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2003
  • Series: Writing Art
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Kelley is a Los Angeles-based artist, noise musician, and writer. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the M.F.A. program at Art Center College of
Design, Pasadena.

John C. Welchman is Professor of Modern Art History in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Urban Gothic (1985) 2
Empathy, Alienation, the Ivar (1985) 14
Foul Perfection: Thoughts on Caricature (1989) 20
Hollywood Filmic Language, Stuttered: Caltiki the Immortal Monster and Rose Hobart (1992) 40
Filmic Regression: The Baby and Baby Huey (1992) 50
From the Sublime to the Uncanny: Mike Kelly in Conversation with Thomas McEvilley (1993) 58
Playing with Dead Things: On the Uncanny (1993) 70
Cross-Gender/Cross-Genre (1999) 100
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh: Survival Research Laboratories and Popular Spectacle (1989) 122
Death and Transfiguration [on Paul Thek] (1992) 138
Dyspeptic Universe: Cody Hyun Choi's Pepto-Bismol Paintings (1992) 150
Marcel Broodthaers (1992) 154
Myth Science [on Oyvind Fahlstrom] (1995) 158
Shall We Kill Daddy? [on Douglas Huebler] (1997) 178
David Askevold: The California Years (1998) 194
Go West [on the art of John Miller] (1999) 206
Artist/Critic? [on the writings of John Miller] (2002) 220
Index 227
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