Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth

This week BTR went to see the Mike Kelley exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. The show featured an array of the late Los Angeles artist’s work, namely his illuminated “City” sculptures and a sprawling installation that has never been exhibited in the US before.

Kelley’s “Kandor” series of sculptures depict small colorful cities in a dark room. They refer to Superman’s birthplace, Kandor, which in the story is shrunken by archvillain Brainiac and hidden away inside of a glass bottle. Kelley once explained this for Superman was “a perpetual reminder of his inability to escape the past, and his alienated relationship to his present world.”

The show is on exhibition until Oct 24th at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea, New York.











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