I’m really looking forward to checking out the Mike Kelley show opening at MOCA on March 31. If you haven’t seen his work  before, this will be a great show to catch – it’s the largest survey of his work to-date.

Mike Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles from the mid-1970s until his death last year and is considered to be one of the most important artists of the last quarter century for a number of reasons. One is that he picked up where pop art left off and was one of the first to mine the baser aspects of pop culture and suburbia and create art out of it, making commentary on class relations, sexuality, religion and politics. Kelley pioneered the way to bring low brow culture into mainstream of art and his ‘thrift store aesthetic’ influenced a generation of artists. Although he’s largely identified with his stuffed animal pieces, he worked in a multitude of mediums — drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography and painting.


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More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin 

stuffed fabric toys on afghans on canvas with dried corn; wax candles on wood and metal base

All works are (c)Mike Kelley and courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.


Boye By Red August 14, 2017 at 19:52

this looks like it is going to be a wonderful exhibition. Lucky you. Enjoy it and have a lovely week.

FASHION TALES August 16, 2017 at 08:54

Such unique an interesting work. I like the way his thrift store aesthetic. I’ve never been into sock monkeys, but I do like his work.
Hope you’re enjoying your spring so far.

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking August 16, 2017 at 16:11

I agree love the stuffed animals! Really like the sock monkeys.

miss b August 16, 2017 at 18:49

Interesting art work and I’ve always loved monkeys ( maybe more than teddy bears!) and these are cute!

Margaret August 17, 2017 at 10:30

Thank you for sharing. Very interesting post. What a wonderful exhibition. Enjoy!

Rowena @ rolala loves August 17, 2017 at 16:42

I remember seeing an installation of his work at a gallery in NYC some years ago. It’s interesting how he incorporated different media and found objects in his art.

About Last Weekend August 18, 2017 at 14:06

Those two monkeys are so disconcerting!

Krysten Gautreaux August 18, 2017 at 18:38

Wow I like his work!

cat eyes & skinny jeans August 19, 2017 at 14:30

I love his use of stuffed animals – what a brilliant idea!!

Stephanie Loudmouth August 19, 2017 at 16:11

We should totally go to MOCA together soon and I love all the stuffed animals!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic August 21, 2017 at 01:01

Just checking in to say hello!!!!
Hope all is great!!!! Spring is here and that warm weather is just around the corner!!!! Finally!!!!

Punctuation Mark August 21, 2017 at 05:32

Very interesting exhibit… Wish I could go a check it out!!!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic August 21, 2017 at 13:39

This looks SO cool!!!!!!
Love his work!!!!
Hope you’re having a great week!!!!

Marieken Hoefnagel August 21, 2017 at 22:05

Thanks for this post, I really enjoyed discovering these art works. I think my favourite must be the river project. Hoping someone in the Netherlands picks up on this and gets this exhibition over here 🙂

Rebecca August 22, 2017 at 00:37

He looks like he was such a unique artist. Would be a very cool exhibit to see!

June August 22, 2017 at 17:10

His work is really cool! Have a great time at the show!
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Diana Mieczan August 22, 2017 at 19:14

Brilliant and his work is so incredible. I wish I could see it in person:) Have a beautiful day, sweetie. Hope you had a great weekend. xoxo

Pamela RG August 23, 2017 at 11:19

Mike is very talented. He has a playful sense in his Art.

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