New York

Mike Kelley

Metro Pictures

Mike Kelley’s most ambitious recent work was The Poetics Project, his sprawling collaboration last summer with Tony Oursler. Exhibited in different form in various venues, this mixed-media extravaganza had to be broken up into separate galleries in New York to contain the Conceptual art spillage. Not good. Purportedly an “excavation” of their student years at CalArts, where they took up the spirit of do-whatever-the-fuck-you-want-and-make-art-while-you’re-at-it, The Poetics Project felt massively indulgent. For all the video and audio static that filled the galleries—not to mention more perfunctory drawing and painting hours than can ever be repaid—just looking at the work gave me a headache. Returning home, I needed Advil. At least Critical Inquiry in Green, the CD accompanying The Poetics Project, was pretty redeeming if you like Red Krayola or (my new favorite) Steven Prina.

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