Mike Kelley : 99.9998% Remaining
99,9998% Remaining compiles essential documentation of the most important exhibitions of Mike Kelley (1954–2012) between 1982 and 2011, with reproductions of seminal works from various periods. It offers numerous stills from legendary videos by and/or with Kelley, such as Banana Man (1983), Heidi (1992) (in collaboration with Paul McCarthy), EVOL (1984, with Tony Oursler) and Sir Drone (1989, with Raymond Pettibon).
In an essay, Harald Falckenberg, one of the most important collectors of Kelley’s works, supplies a detailed overview of the artist's various periods of development, also investigating the influence of the art market on Kelley’s production and the reasons for Kelley's suicide in January 2012.
Edited with text by Harald Falckenberg
Publisher Walther König. Köln
Book Format : Paperback, 8.5 x 11 in. / 96 pgs / 140 color.
Mike Kelley was an American artist regarded as one of the most influential members of the Conceptual Art movement. Concerned with abjection, youth, class, and the divide between high and low culture, Kelley’s work was often both playful and grotesque, using found objects like stuffed animals, knickknacks, and child-like drawings in its skeptical investigation of societal norms. Working across disciplines in installations, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and videos, Kelley’s career was both eclectic and prolific. “I think they’re really standardized kinds of repressed things in the culture—embarrassing things, like sexual dysfunction and the scatological,” he once said of his subject matter. “I started seeing throughout my work that a lot of these traditional, low comedy forms and subject matters were operating. I wanted to start to deal with that in a more conscious way.” Born on October 27, 1954 in Wayne, MI, the artist studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he formed the band Destroy All Monsters with fellow visual artist Jim Shaw. His interest in politics and performance carried over into his graduate work at the California Institute of the Arts in the late 1970s, where he studied with John Baldessari and befriended Tony Oursler. Suffering from depression throughout his life, the artist committed suicide on January 31, 2012 in South Pasadena, CA at the age of 57. In 2012, the posthumous retrospective “Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years” opened at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and travelled to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MoMA PS1 in Queens, and finally the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Today, Kelley’s works are held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Goetz Collection in Munich, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.