Mike Kelley "Horizontal Tracking Shots"

Gagosian Gallery 24th Street

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Evoking painting as a series of experiences akin to the movie camera gliding through space, capturing action as it goes, Kelley has devised a spatial push-pull effect through the arrangement of large polychrome panel paintings and smaller framed canvases. In the untitled colored reliefs, individual colors pop or recede in relation to each other. The colors of the flat support panels are determined by key colors on organically shaped panels.

The colored reliefs, which evoke Modernist monochromes as well as domestic décor, have base moldings that give them an architectural quality, linking them to stage sets or theatrical space whereas the small framed paintings on canvas, hung individually or in tight clusters, operate like windows in the gallery walls, punctuating the spatial parameters set up by the larger panel paintings. In these smaller works with their titles such as Mort's Mouth (2008-2009) and Twin Henrys (2008-2009), Kelley draws freely from a wide range of sources including elementary school textbook illustration, New Age painting, comic strips, and science-fiction.

The free-standing construction Horizontal Tracking Shot of a Cross Section of Trauma Rooms (2009), inspired by televisual space, presents a façade of colored panels on one side and on the other three video monitors that show TV color bars interspersed with short video clips depicting family life, from footage found on YouTube. Here color-field paintings become traumatic spaces. They are extensions of the ideas that Kelley explored in the Timeless Paintings (1995), where he employed the formalist relationships of the Abstract Expressionists.

[Image: Mike Kelley "Horizontal Tracking Shot of a Cross Section of Trauma Rooms" (2009) Acrylic on wood panels, steel video monitors, DVD players 96 x 192 x 1 3/4 in.]



from November 07, 2009 to December 23, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-11-07 from 18:00 to 20:00


Mike Kelley

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