Book corner #4: Arenas

The book corner section will highlight the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and commented by Angelo Cirimele. This week, he picked one of the most emblematic artist of the 90s of Los Angeles: Mike Kelley.

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"What I enjoy doing at a Mike Kelley exhibit is watching people take in the installations – I confess, it's more comfortable. Still, the devices that the Los Angeles native implements, here blankets and stuffed animals, that are by all appearances harmless completely shock their audience as they can prove to be harsh or perverse. I linger over the metaphors and transpositions that can be applied to the adult world, masculinity and femininity. The public is completely thrown, caught off-guard by a tougher softness than expected. This book, published in conjunction with the exhibition, plays on angles: it juxtaposes detailed and neutral views with large, more dramatic shots, revealing the humanity behind the stuffed animals. Definitely not a children's book."

"Arenas", Mike Kelley, 2010, 44 p. Ed. Skarstedt Gallery, New York.
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