Los Angeles

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, In the Body of the Sturgeon, 2017, HD video projection, black-and-white, sound, 12 minutes 15 seconds.

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

In Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s collaborative and often funny works, historical events are rendered as featherlight webs of consequences. For this series of paintings, photographs, and sculptural installations (many of which featured the characters—some historical, some invented—that populate their video In the Body of the Sturgeon, 2017, also on display here), the duo struck a more restrained tone, knitting together histories of settler colonialism, the sociosexual politics of naval life, and President Harry S. Truman’s deployment of the atomic bomb. Similar to the pair’s previous exegeses on gnarly pasts (imagine three characters screaming, “I baguette [beget] you!” as they hit each other over the head with crusty French bread), these works featured their signature cartoonish black-and-white color palette. However, the text Reid Kelley voices throughout In the Body of the Sturgeon

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