Mike kelleys burlesque masterpiece, day is done, is a work in progress conceived in three hundred and sixtyfive separate chapters. Mike kelley continues his obsession with the artifacts of mundane ritual in this threehour video. Central to the project is the experience of viewing each narrative from different angles and perspectives, a metaphor that aids the viewer in considering the artworks that follow. Based on high school yearbook photos, with the eye of an alien explorer, day is done delves under the surface of halloween parties, prom night dances, and musical productions. Mike kelleys new show at gagosians gargantuan chelsea gallery jackhammers the viewer with noise, music, shrieking voices, motion and color. To mark the first stage of this ambitious project, kelley has edited. It enunciates a careerlong interest in american subcultures and folk events through the restaging of 31 carnivalesque productions intermixed into a meandering seminarrative. Mike kelley, scott benzel day is done original motion. Explain the concept behind your project, day is done. Mike kelley took a scalpel to late20 thcentury american popular culture, estranging the familiar and exposing societys dark underbelly in works that were as wideranging in their subject matter as they were inventive in choice and combination of media. Art matters a brief history of mike kelleys day is done. From frye art museum, mike kelley, still from day is done 20052006, single channel video, color, sound. We discussed kelley s techniques for creating psychic distortions and the perceived relationship between the person of the artist and the artistic persona and common concepts related to the carl pope. I first encountered this work in the autumn 2005 at the gagosian gallery in new york.
Artist mike kelley discusses his project day is done, a performancevideo which consists of 365 tapes, one for every day of the year. Original motion picture soundtrack day is done extracurricular activity projective reconstructions 232. Over the years mike kelley has collected hundreds of such images and arranged them into rough categories. His work involved found objects, textile banners, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance and video. Day is done is a carnivalesque opus, a genresmashing epic in which vampires, dancing goths, hillbillies, mimes and demons come together in a kind of subversive musical theatervariety revue. Mike kelley, scott benzel day is done original motion picture soundtrack music. Written and directed by mike kelley, with original music by mike kelley and scott benzel, and choreography by kate foley. Born in 1954 to a workingclass family in the detroit suburbs, from his student days kelley used a variety of materials in works that earned him a reputation as a spokesman for american popular culture and youth culture. Mike kelley s burlesque masterpiece, day is done, is a work in progress conceived in three hundred and sixtyfive separate chapters. If youve ever seen an exhibition of his oddly sinister psychological portraits of plush toys or obsessive postpop combination paintings youll know what youre in for here. Mike kelley is on exhibit at momas satellite contemporary. Day is done, a featurelength musicalfilm hybrid, is one of kelley s signature constructions and exemplifies his desire to expose the social unconscious of american society. In november 2005, kelley staged day is done, filling gagosian gallery with funhouselike. This exhibition brings together artworks from mike kelley s educational complex 1995 and day is done 20042005 into the uncanny environment of 500 capp street.
Delmonico booksprestel 20 and has been revised and updated by the mike kelley foundation for the arts. Chapters 2 to 32 were staged as a complex and spectacular mixedmedia installation, which kelley scripted, scored, shot and sculpted, at gagosian gallery, new york, in 2005. Buy mike kelley s day is done harcom by kelley, mike, welchman, john isbn. Mike kelley s work remained in its box, waiting for the ally that would help him to enter the special world in order to fulfill his heroic journey. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app. Mike kelley american, 19542012 made his mark as one of the most significant artists of our time through his observations of american pop culture. Mike kelley s films include day is done, heidi, the banana man, sir drone. Day is done, an experimental film directed by mike kelley. There are none to be found in mike kelley, the exhibition, a sprawling retrospective of the prolific multidisciplinary creator at moma ps1 in queens, which appeared earlier this year at the stedelijk museum in amsterdam and will travel to the museum of contemporary art in. It discusses kelley s installation and his commentary on american suburban obsessions. The first one is the precursor film to day is done, which is exhibited on the second. This bibliography was compiled by eva meyerhermann for mike kelley new york. Everything you need to know about mike kelley before seeing.
Tweet i really dislike popular culture in most cases, mike kelley told a pbs camera crew in 2001. Writing in the new york times, in 2012, holland cotter described the artist as one of the most. Mike kelley was a highly regarded artist known for using video, performance, drawing, found objects, textiles, sound, and sitespecific installation to investigate the relationship between popular. A solo exhibition for the american artist mike kelley. I went back to see the huge mike kelley show last weekend because the show is closing soon dec 17th, and i read way too so much about it again and again. Jun 18, 2017 this pin was discovered by discover and save. Day is done at gagosian 555 west 24th street, new york.
He works with performance, installation, drawing and painting, video, sound, and sculpture. Be warned, if youre considering this, it looks like something thrown together during a lunchbreak or two at some high school. In 2003, deodorized central mass with satellites finally found its ally. American performance artist and installation artist born 27 october 1954 in detroit, michigan, usa and died 31 january 2012 from an apparent suicide in south pasadena, california, usa. In the same year emi fontana and mike kelley started a romantic relationship that lasted for seven. Im making all these videos based on very common american performance types. Mike kelleys burlesque masterpiece, day is done, is a work in progress conceived in three. Day is done a film by mike kelley video dailymotion. Curators and art critics had grown a new generation. Jobs or other opportunities at the foundation are posted below. Mike kelley reveals how photographs from yearbooks and newspapers in detroit served as the inspiration behind the performative project day is done, shown installed at gagosian gallery.
Day is done original motion picture soundtrack label. Day is done comprises parts two through thirtytwo of kelley s multifaceted and ongoing project. Sep 11, 2008 mike kelleys film day is done is an extremely odd and seemingly random collection of short scenes aka extracurricular activity projective reconstructions depicting scenarios like a mary contest yes, that mary, a childs haircut gone awry, satan doing raunchy standup, a vampire just back from sick leave, and a bunch of stereotypes. Mike kelley based his 20056 day is done on a series of high school yearbook photographs of extracurricular activities, which kelley transformed into a fractured, quasinarrative musical that cycles through themes such as personal trauma, the structure of the institution, repressed memory, mass cultural ritual, and adolescence. Explore books by mike kelley with our selection at. Dancing goths, singing vampires, hick storytellers, malevolent barbers, and the virgin mary populate mike kelley s conceptual musical. Day is done is a carnivalesque opus, a genresmashing.
Each section is a liveaction recreation of a photograph of an extracurricular activity found in a high school yearbook. Oct 14, 20 whenever anyone commits suicide, as the artist mike kelley did early last year, everyone tends to look for answers. An absolute maelstrom of implicit and explicit images dredged from the highs and lows of american consumer culture. Find out more about the 2005 exhibition mike kelley. A behind the scenes look at my airportraits project. Day is done is a carnivalesque opus, a genre smashing.
Mike kelley is a director and actor, known for day is done 2006, watson and the shark 2006 and sir drone 1989. Running over twoandahalf hours, this riotous theatrical spectacle unfolds as a series of episodes that form a loose, fractured narrative. Gagosian gallery, new york acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006. Day is done, a song by nick drake from five leaves left day is done, a song by john prine from lost dogs and mixed blessings. Over the years mike kelley has collected hundreds of such. Chapters 2 to 32 were staged as a complex and spectacular mixedmedia installationwhich kelley scripted, scored, shot. Apr 30, 2010 mike kelleys work ranges from highly symbolic and ritualistic performance pieces, to arrangements of stuffedanimal sculptures, to wallsized drawings, to multiroom installations that restage institutional environments schools, offices, zoos, to extended collaborations with artists such as paul mccarthy, tony oursler, and the band sonic. Mike kelley day is done, 2005 day, exhibition, art. Mike kelley bibliography mike kelley foundation for the arts. The original soundtrack to mike kelley s gesamtkunstwerk. Dec 14, 2005 mike kelley s day is done at gagosian gallery i went back to see the huge mike kelley show last weekend because the show is closing soon dec 17th, and i read way too so much about it again and again. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. This hilarious and disturbing video explores american popular rituals and entertainments by weaving together 31 scenes based on high school yearbook photographs of extracurricular activitiescontainer. The magic flute the queen of the night talespinners childrens theater 2012.
Day is done, a 1970 book by herbert leslie gee the day is done, a 1939 scifi story by lester del rey. Download the mupon app for iphone to get a discount on entry to this event and dozens more. Day is done at gagosian gallery west 24th street, new york essays by john welchman and mike kelley 10 14 x 12 14 inches 26 x 31. Later included in mike kelley s day is done hardcover, 2007 although this is not stated on the release. Mar 27, 2014 the long awaited retrospective of mike kelley, an artist of outsized talents, opens to members on sunday and the public on march 31. Day is done is a featurelength musical composed of thirtytwo separate video chapters. Mike kelley reveals how photographs from yearbooks and newspapers in detroit served as the inspiration behind the performative project day is done shown. He often worked collaboratively and had produced projects with artists paul mccarthy, tony oursler and john miller. How to photograph hotels, resorts, and the business of commercial architectural. It is the policy of mike kelley foundation for the arts to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual. Day is done is kelley s first new york exhibition since 2002. Grounded in a traipsing quasinarrative, video artist mike kelley s day is done is an assemblage of over 30 gaudy carnivallike productions that amount to a strange and unforgettable extended musical. Mike kelley reveals how photographs from yearbooks and newspapers in detroit served as the inspiration behind the performative project day is. Mari evans exhibition that was on display at tube factory artspace.
Jenevive tatiana i was really excited to see that mike kelley s day is done would be screened as part of this years festival. Presenting a surreal reconstruction of an everyday welcome sign one might find on the outskirts of a small american town, mike kelleys entry way genealogical chart exemplifies the artists deft use of appropriation and tongueincheek subversion to explore the vicissitudes of memory. Jul 19, 2007 mike kelleys burlesque masterpiece, day is done, is a work in progress conceived in three hundred and sixtyfive separate chapters. Sadly, it has become commonplace to mention his suicide at age 57 in the same sentence that describes his abundant accomplishments and influence.
Michael kimmelman ben davis jerry saltz jim lewis at slate david rimanelli of artforum so, i needed to see it again the first time, it was sensory overload,hard to focus, and i thought it coolnot so. Mike kelley masked is one of the most important artist of contemporary art who revealed the various issues deeply rooted in society through american pop culture and brought them into the art field. Umma inaugurates its new media gallery this fall with mike kelley s day is done, which continues the artists careerlong investigation into the relationships between order and transgression, popular and avantgarde culture, while touching on contemporary notions of trauma and repressed memory. Theres absolutely zero entertainment value, zero art, zero behindthescenes revelations of mike kelley. This is the author version of article published as. Everything you need to know about mike kelley before seeing his blowout retrospective.591 1477 753 1035 418 882 1272 141 148 704 1490 52 962 1214 1284 818 1477 401 217 1464 1512 1355 170 74 1417 157 52 1393 1425 238 799 759 707 1216 461 297 402 819 1408 301 930