Go See – New York: Mike Kelley "Horizontal Tracking Shots" at the Gagosian Gallery through December 23rd, 2009

November 14th, 2009

Mike Kelley, 2009,Horizontal Tracking, Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, “Horizontal Tracking Shot of a Cross Section of Trauma Rooms,” (2009) Via Gagosian.

Mike Kelley, Back of Horizontal Tracking. 2009 Via Gagosian
On the back side of “Horizontal Tracking Shot of a Cross Section of Trauma Rooms,” are TV color bars, interspersed with videos depicting family life found on YouTube. (2009) Via Gagosian.

Currently showing at Gagosian Gallery in New York is an exhibition of paintings by Mike Kelley entitled “Horizontal Tracking Shots.” The show is Kelley’s first exhibit in New York which is devoted solely to paintings. In the past, his collaborative and solo shows have involved elaborate multimedia sets, symbolic performance art, theatrical spectacles, drawings and installation works. This body of work grew out of one of Kelley’s previous exhibitions entitled “Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions,” a kind of auto-biographical, multi-faceted project that began in 1995, involving sculpture, video narrative and themes of trauma and repressed memory.

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Mike Kelley, 2009, Untitled, Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, Untitled (2008-09) Via Gagosian. The colored reliefs have base moldings that give them an architectural style.

In Kelley’s current show, “Horizontal Tracking Shots,” the paintings in themselves are meant to initiate an experience for the viewer, capturing motion on the canvas and producing a quality “akin to the movie camera gliding through space, capturing action as it goes,” hence the title of his show. His past shows have also experimented with this concept of a “spatialized filmic montage.” Kelley’s work is known for questioning the legitimacy of cultural norms and values, delving into themes of family, religion, sexuality and education. His work draws from historical research and psychological theory and is often infused with references to punk music and pop culture. Visually, “Horizontal Tracking Shots” has a kind of “push-pull” effect upon the viewer– large polychrome panel paintings are juxtaposed against the smaller framed canvases, while colors either pop out or retreat into the background, depending upon their relation to each other.

Mike Kelley, Instal. View of Horizontal Tracking, 09 Via Gagosian
An installation view of Mike Kelley’s “Horizontal Tracking Shots” exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. Via Gagosian.

Mike Kelley "Horizontal Tracking Shots" Installation View
Another Installation view of Mike Kelley’s “Horizontal Tracking Shots” (2009). Via Gagosian.

Born in 1954 in Detroit, Kelley lives and works in Los Angeles.  He is well known for his 2005 show entitled “Day is Done,” a multi-media extravaganza that involved filling the Gagosian Gallery with automated furniture, dream-like films, and other multimedia installations. Kelley attended the California Institute of the Arts where he has said to have drawn inspiration from several of his teachers—among them, John Baldessari and Laurie Anderson. He began gaining recognition in the 80’s with his sculptures and installation artwork outside of Los Angeles.

Mike Kelley, "Dark Swallower of Souls" 2009 Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, “Dark Swallower of Souls,” (2009). Via Gagosian.

Mike Kelley "Mort's Mouth" 2009 Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, “Mort’s Mouth” (2009) Via Gagosian. “Kelley draws freely from a wide range of sources including elementary school textbook illustration, New Age painting, comic strips, and science-fiction.”

Kelley has received numerous awards for his work including  The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. The artist has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Tate Liverpool, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Kunsthalle, Basel, among others. Kelley has also recently collaborated with Mike Smith to produce a video installation entitled “A Voyage of Growth and Discovery.” The two have been friends since 1975. Their show is currently on view at The Sculpture Center in Long Island City until November 30th.

Mike Kelley Untitled, 2009, Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, Untitled (2008-09) Via Gagosian.

Mike Kelley "Naked Majas" 2008-09 Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, “Naked Majas (Bettelheim’s Genital)” (2008-2009) Via Gagosian.

Mike Kelley, Untitled, 2009 Via Gagosian
Mike Kelley, Untitled (2008- 2009) Via Gagosian.

“Horizontal Tracking Shots” will be on exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in New York through December 23rd, 2009.

Related Links:
Mike Kelley: Horizontal Tracking Shots
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Mike Kelley, Artist’s Official Website
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Mike Kelley Interview
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Performa 09 | Mike Kelley and Michael Smith
[NYTimes]
Collaborative Video Installation by Artists Mike Kelley and Michael Smith to Open at Sculpture Center
[ArtDaily]
Mike Kelley Biogrpahy
[Art21]
Ecstatic Abstraction at Gagosian Gallery
[ArtObserved]

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WUSF-TV’s Power Yoga goes nationwide.(wusf)

Sarasota Magazine March 1, 2006 WUSF Public Broadcasting’s full-service video, audio and multimedia production division, IntellisMedia, has produced a hit show that’s gone nationwide. It’s Power Yoga: Body & Mind, a half-hour show airing Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on WUSF-TV Channel 16 and other PBS stations nationwide. It is the first major television production for the company. see here prana power yoga

“This accomplishment illustrates the level of talent and expertise we have here at WUSF,” says WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “Our team has done a terrific job developing and producing this show.” Power Yoga is hosted by instructor Adrienne Reed, who provides instructions and yoga workouts targeting both the body and the mind. Designed for beginners and advanced students alike, Power Yoga incorporates deep-breathing activities and physical movements. here prana power yoga

Each episode focuses on a particular workout, with topics like balancing poses, stamina, hips, forward folds and more. The programs are designed so that a viewer can either participate in each of the programs in sequence or choose certain areas of interest.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to Reed, yoga works for everyone, from the very young to the very old. “You don’t have to be flexible,” she adds. “It’s meant to increase flexibility and stamina, so it’s a wonderful thing for anyone to try.” Power Yoga: Mind & Body was produced entirely in-house at the WUSF studios through IntellisMedia. Sixty-five episodes have been produced. The company has also produced DVD and VHS versions of Adrienne Reed’s video Power Yoga for Athletes.