David Mather is Assistant Professor of Early 20th-Century and Interwar European Art in the Art Department at Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook). Previously, he was the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Department of Architecture, in association with the Center for Art, Science, and Technology (CAST). Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute. He is currently completing a book-length study on early Italian futurism.
Mike Kelley’s Multiplicity by David Mather
Mike Kelley took the 19th-century German notion of Gesamtkuntswerk and made it flourish in the Rust Belt soil of late 20th-century America. His phantasmagorical performances and multifarious installations were subversive, scholarly, and ingenious, deploying a set of compositional strategies that can be understood as an epic iteration of Kelley's reliance on multiple authorial voices.