Mike Kelley's major interviews and critical essays.
This volume brings together a dozen zestful interviews and conversations between the LA-based artist Mike Kelley and some of the leading voices in contemporary culture over the last couple of decades.
They range from extended discussions with his artist-friends Jim Shaw
and Tony Oursler
, which are essential for any understanding of their formative work, to probing dialogues with performer Michael Smith
, AA Bronson
of General Idea
and German painter/writer Jutta Koether
Kelley also talks with the photographer/filmmaker Larry Clark and artist Richard Prince
, with Kim Gordon
and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
, and with noted filmmakers John Waters and Harmony Korine
The book begins and ends with two conversations with critics: volume editor, John C. Welchman
talks to Kelley about the nature of talking, and Jeffrey Sconce about Kelley's innovative exhibitions The Uncanny
(1993 and 2004).
Mike Kelley (1954-2012) was an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. He was the curator of the exhibition The Uncanny
(1993/2004), and his writings, edited by John C. Welchman
, were published in two volumes by MIT Press in 2004.