Singled Out: Living As Stereotypes In Mike Kelley’s “Singles’ Mixer”
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Singled Out: Living As Stereotypes In Mike Kelley’s “Singles’ Mixer”

A girl in KISS makeup, a hillbilly, a computer nerd, a couple of witches and four Black women walk into a singles’ mixer. Although it reads like the start of a hack joke, Mike Kelley’s sculptural and multichannel video installation Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #8 (Singles’ Mixer), currently on view at Luhring Augustine’s Bushwick gallery … Continue reading

Gnarly! Radical! Totally Tubular Dude!: James Unsworth’s ‘N.S.F.L.’
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Gnarly! Radical! Totally Tubular Dude!: James Unsworth’s ‘N.S.F.L.’

In an interview with Amelia Abraham in VICE on his amusingly upsetting zine Ninja Turtle Sex Museum, London-based artist James Unsworth explained, “The grotesque usually combines horror and humor that don’t necessarily go together, and so you don’t really know how to process it. I’m interested in those kinds of psychological spaces that are outside … Continue reading

(Super) Heroic Melancholia In Mike Kelley’s ‘Kandors’ At Hauser & Wirth
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(Super) Heroic Melancholia In Mike Kelley’s ‘Kandors’ At Hauser & Wirth

Describing his later series Kandors, an extended reflection on Superman’s shrunken birthplace, Mike Kelley explains, “Kandor is a constant reminder of Superman’s lost homeland and functions metaphorically as a symbol of his alienated relationship to the planet where he now resides…Kandor now sits, frozen in time, a perpetual reminder of his inability to escape that … Continue reading

Barfing On The Declaration Of Independence: Mike Kelley’s ‘Reconstructed History’
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Barfing On The Declaration Of Independence: Mike Kelley’s ‘Reconstructed History’

Can you imagine anything more patriotic than an illustration of the Forefathers’ signing the Declaration of Independence emblazoned with the word “BARF,”? How about the Statue of Liberty covered with crudely rendered breasts, bush and armpits spewing with waves of stink? Well, I don’t know about you but I’m just about ready to start feverishly singing about those “amber waves of grain.” Continue reading

Sweet Dream Or A Beautiful Nightmare: The Uncanny Horror of Jordan Wolfson’s ‘(Female figure)’
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Sweet Dream Or A Beautiful Nightmare: The Uncanny Horror of Jordan Wolfson’s ‘(Female figure)’

“My mother is dead. My father is dead. I’m gay. I’d like to be a poet. This is my house,” unsettlingly proclaims artist Jordan Wolfson’s haunting creation, (Female figure), during both the introduction and conclusion of its seven-minute cycle in Wolfson’s solo exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery. And it certainly is her house now as she conjures … Continue reading