Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #34 (The King and Us/The Queens and Me) a tie-dye patterned platform supported by three brightly painted walls and a small arched opening, literally sets the stage for Mike Kelley’s exhibition at the Gagosian. A life-size sculpture of Colonel Sanders peers over a glass diorama containing a miniature version of EAPR #34 and a critical, all knowing Sigmund Freud. Mike Kelley started the EAPR in 1995 as a comprehensive, pseudo autographical study of the artist’s past. See it now at the Gagosian in Beverly Hills.
Mike Kelley was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, he lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Michigan. Major solo exhibitions include “Catholic Tastes,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1993); “Mike Kelley,” Museu d’art Contemporani, Barcelona (1997); “Framed and Framed, Test Room, Sublevel,” MAGASIN, Grenoble (1999); “The Uncanny,” Tate Liverpool and Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2004); “Profondeurs Vertes,” Musée du Louvre (2006); and “Educational Complex Onwards: 1995-2008,” WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain (2008).