Monthly Archives: November 2013

Let Mike Kelley blow your mind

GO SEE THIS SHOW

Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1 will blow your mind. I was in awe of the amount of work (over 200 pieces), his dexterity in mediums, and just how cohesive it all was. His work involves found objects, textiles, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance, sound art, video and stuffed animals.

A standout for me was his mesmerizing “paintings” that use a Canadian folk art form, “memory ware”. Memory ware is a common object, such as a bottle or ashtray that has been decorated with attractive, inexpensive, items like buttons, beads, shells, costume jewelry and “keepsakes”. The act of looking- searching to find valuable gems or mere trinkets reminded me of my thrift store shopping. The patterns of the pieces had their own rhythm that I found comforting. Lastly, the obsession element was interesting.

- Memory Ware flat 49, 2001

Memory Ware flat 49, 2001

The recent MoMA acquisition of “Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites” was on view. The stuffed-animal installation is a giant colorful hanging mobile. Surrounding the hanging “balls” are resin sculptures in geometric shapes, which have air fresheners that spray periodically.

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999 (photo by Robert Lanham)

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999 (photo by Robert Lanham)

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-1999

Another collection I enjoyed was the Kandor Project. It is a series of sculptures, lightboxes, and videos related to the fictional city of Kandor, the capitol of Superman’s home planet Krypton. According to DC Comics, the city was stolen and miniaturized by the supervillain Brainiac and eventually recovered by Superman, who kept it in a bottle in the Fortress of Solitude.

me in front of a Kandor series work, 2011

me in front of a Kandor series work, 2011

Brooklyn Torch

image by The Brooklyn Torch Project

image by The Brooklyn Torch Project

I was exploring the bitcoin world and came across Jillian Steinhauer’s article in the Brooklyn Quarterly that explores activism in the arts and alternative currencies. One such local currency is a close to my home – the Brooklyn Torch.

Mary Jeys, artist and founder of the Brooklyn Torch, has been in the process of launching the currency in the Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods. I haven’t seen signs of this currency yet but the idea is intriguing.

“I have hopes that working toward a smaller regional economy will support our understanding of how we interact with each other, and how we use our money as communication.” -Mary Jeys

Odd, in researching bitcoin I’ve discovered my local currency.