Mike Kelley discusses his more recent work. His overtly regressive return to painting was a form of therapy to alleviate the mental abuse he suffered in art school. Kelley also explains his work on “Educational Complex,” a series of architectural models based on his memory of his past.
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Mike Kelley discusses issues of class and his adoption of working class imagery. He discusses his commission from Frank O. Gehry to install a series of works to energize the working environment at the Chiat/Day/Mojo advertizing agency. He also discusses his collaboration with another Los Angeles artist Paul McCarthy.
Mike Kelley discusses his interest in home-made craft materials and techniques. He discusses his formal doll-like sculptures and his use of narrative. His use of low culture symbolism attempts to subvert societal conventions and exploit audience empathy.
Mike Kelley discusses his early work and gives a general history of his back ground as a formalist painter. Through a chronological slide show of selected works, Kelley explains his evolution as an artist through different media. He has moved from painting to sculpture to installation to performance.
Mike Kelley’s introduction begins with a sing-along slide show promoting the Foxhill Mall. After which SCI-Arc student Mark Skiles introduces the artist Mike Kelley. Skiles explains his personal introduction to Kelley and his work on one of Kelley’s projects entitled “Educational Complex.”
Mike Kelley answers questions from the audience concerning what his work represents and how it should be approached. Kelley discusses the counter-culture, and his relationship to the “Adorno-esque.”
Jerry Compton and Tony Spencer recreate the slide and music multimedia presentation they created to promote SCI-Arc. They presented it 1972-3 at many architecture schools around the country. The presentation includes scenes of the SCI-Arc community, student work and events in the development of the school.
Former SCI-Arc student Jerry Compton talks at a SCI-Arc alumni event to support the Kappe Library. He talks about the importance of Ray and Shelly Kappe in starting SCI-Arc, while Tony Spencer begins to talk about the pyramid he and other SCI-Arc students built in Washington, D.C. in 1976, as part of the AIA Convention. Jerry remembers how the pyramid project got him elected as the student AIA president while Tony remembers their rhombic dodecahedron and the feeling that they could do whatever they wanted as students. Terry Rainey also speaks about being a student in the early years of the school.