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MIKE KELLEY: EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX. John Miller. Afterall Books, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, 2015. One Work. Distributed in the U.S.A. by MIT Press, Cambridge. 124 pp. with 42 ills. (28 col.). 21 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781846381508 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 164515. Publisher's description: One of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954-2012) produced a body of innovative work mining American popular culture as well as modernist and postmodernist art--relentless examinations of subjectivity and of society that are both sinister and ecstatic. With a wide range of media, Kelley's work explores themes as varied as post-punk politics, religious systems, social class, and repressed memory. Using architectural models to represent schools he attended, his 1995 work, Educational Complex, presents forgotten spaces as frames for private trauma, real or imagined. The work's implications are at once miniature and massive. In this book, John Miller offers an illustrated examination of this milestone work that marked a significant change in Kelley's practice. A "complex" can mean an architectural configuration, a psychological syndrome, or a political apparatus, and Miller approaches Educational Complex through corresponding lines of inquiry, considering the making of the work, examining it in terms of education and trauma (sexual or otherwise), and investigating how it tests the ideological horizon of art as an institution.
Artist(s):Kelley, Mike
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1990 — Installation Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164516
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