MIKE KELLEY: PUSHING AND PULLING, PULLING AND PUSHING Text by Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
Colpa Press / 500 Capp St Foundation, 2019 Fist edition of 250 copies, Unpaginated, 8 1/2" X 10 1/2" Softcover
Pushing and pulling, pulling and pushing brings together artworks from Mike Kelley’s Educational Complex (1995) and Day Is Done (2004–2005) into the uncanny environment of 500 Capp Street. With a wide range of media, Kelley’s work explores themes as varied as punk politics, religious rituals, social class, and repressed memory. Using architectural models to represent schools he attended, Educational Complex presents forgotten spaces as frames for private trauma, both real and imagined. These works are intended to evoke not only Kelley’s own memories but also broader social issues concerning childhood.