Los Angeles

Mike Kelley

Patrick Painter, Inc

Near the entrance to Mike Kelley's recent show hung what looked like a Brezhnevera poster in red, black, and yellow on which was printed a manifesto concerning the need to address the national problem of sexual frustration. Insisting our collective repression stems from a “mass culture industry” that relies on titillation without gratification to keep us coming back for more, Kelley proposes that celebrities—who profit off inflaming the national itch without scratching it—finally be called on to put out. He suggests that members of this “pantheon of fantasy figures of desire” should do time in federally funded sex clinics. To ensure enough star flesh to go around, wanna-be celebrity look-alikes would receive necessary plastic surgery free of charge in exchange for tours of duty in the clinics.

Apparently aware that there might be some delay before his program gets off the ground,

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