Sad news, conceptual provocateur Mike Kelly has passed away
due to an apparent suicide
. I reviewed Kelley's fantastic collaborative show at Sculpture Center a few years ago
. Few artists could make such an intelligent spectacle indulging in the juvenile and supposedly profane, but Kelley did so by laying bare the adult ruse as a kind of tribute to the wonder/ridiculousness of that awkward age through which all must pass and perhaps never leave. In Portland artists like Bruce Conkle, Matt "Troll" Green and Patrick Rock bear the greatest stamp of his influence. Our thoughts are with Kelley's family and loved ones, a hugely influential artist has left the building.
must read Christopher Knight's epigraph on Kelley the game changer.
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