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Street Sign, 2004, 15 1/2" x 24", signed and numbered
ed. of 100
This edition was produced for the 25th Annual Benefit Art Auction for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
Mike Kelley and LACE have a long history together. When Kelley moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1970’s to attend the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, several of his first public performances and exhibitions occurred at LACE including “The Little Girls Room” where Kelley exhibited props, drawings, photographs, writings and an environmental audiowork. “Confusion: A Play in Seven sets, Each Set More Spectacular Than the Last” was a narrative performance that used props as an attempt to follow certain trains of thought to their logical end. Building his reputation as a provocateur, many of his pieces critique American culture and consumerism and are intended to make the viewer uncomfortable. Kelley has had numerous solo shows, including two traveling midcareer retrospectives, organized by the Whitney Museum of American in New York and the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. He has been included in many prestigious group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, Carnegie International, and Documenta.