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Mike Kelley and Michael Smith


OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES, dancing, dressing up, and infantilism have been consistent components of the video and performance works of both Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, artists who frequently team with like-minded conspirators (Kelley with Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, and Tony Oursler; Smith with Joshua White, Seth Price, and Doug Skinner) but who never collaborated with each other until now. For their video/sculpture/sound installation titled A Voyage of Growth and Discovery (curated and produced by Emi Fontana of West of Rome Public Art, Los Angeles; curated at SculptureCenter by Mary Ceruti), the longtime confreres selected a ready-made situation that incorporated all three of their common touchstones: Burning Man, the notorious weeklong “radical self-expression” festival held annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert that is part outsider-art fair, part rave, part Outward Bound

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