Posts tagged Destroy All Monsters
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.
Artists at Work: Jim Shaw by Julian Hoeber
Jim Shaw is a major figure in contemporary art whose career began in music, with his early collaborative work with Mike Kelley in the 1970s anti-rock band Destroy All Monsters. Since then, he has gone on to work in a range of media, from drawing and sculpture to performance, producing a perverse and radical reimagining of American culture. I worked for Shaw for several years, getting an up-close view of how he developed his work, which often started with a joke or coincidence that would later become a beautifully crafted object. We met in October 2013 to discuss art history, psychoanalysis, and the ways that unconscious processes inform his highly conceptual practice.