- Mike Kelley Detroit, USA, 1954 - Los Angeles, USA, 2012
- Material:Plywood, intercom, chair and plexiglas
- Technique:Collage, photography, photocopy, marker pen, pen and assemblage
- Descriptive technique:Installation consisting of a group of wood panels containing photocopies of plans and photographs of buildings and various artefacts such as chairs and lights next to an interphone system
- Dimensions:180 x 830 x 365 cm
- Category: Installation
- Entry date:2008
- Register number:AD04946
Mike Kelley’s multi-room installation with its descriptive title of A Continuous Screening of Bob Clark's Film “Porky's” (1981), the Soundtrack of Which Has Been Replaced with Morton Subotnik's Electronic Composition “The Wild Bull”, and Presented in the Secret Sub-Basement of the Gymnasium Locker Room is an in-depth study of the artist’s autobiographical preoccupations. It is based around plans of the schools he attended and notes made on his memories, creating a maze-like space in which there are a number of panels covered with plans, notes and photographs of grey school buildings, pictures of classes and pupils and even the usual school toilet graffiti. The electronically-generated high-pitched noise, like that heard in the changing rooms of school gyms, creates a feeling of oppression that references the film “Porky’s”, with a new soundtrack. What Kelley is aiming at with this work is a personal reflection on the Uncanny in the Freudian sense of contact between the private, the domestic and the familiar, connected with repressed memory syndrome: the school-space associated with repressed, silenced traumas, brought back through humour and sublimation by a mass-market film like “Porky’s”. The mixture of architecture, musical and film references is an attempt to establish a sense of order in the selective amnesia suffered by a victim of a specific social medium.
Carmen Fernández Aparicio
Mike Kelley Artworks in the collectionSee all the artworks
Day is done : [November 11-December 17, 2005, Gagosian Gallery] / Mike Kelley ; [editors, Mark Francis and Mike Kelley].Kelley, Mike ( 1954-2012)New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, cop. 2007.
Kelley, Mike ( 1954-2012)Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2004.
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