MoMA PS1 — Soarin' Tumblin' Freewheelin'

"That’s what I realized I was going for, not some one-line joke like, “Here’s a birdhouse that’s minimalism.” Rather, here’s a structure that’s loaded with pathos, and you still don’t like it, you don’t feel sorry for it, you want to kick it. That’s what I wanted out of the thing—an artwork that you couldn’t raise, there was no way that you could make it better than it was. Its function as art actually makes it more uncomfortable."
~Mike Kelley, Excerpt from a 1991 BOMB Magazine Interview



Mike Kelley. Catholic Birdhouse. 1978. Painted wood and composite shingles, 55,9 x 47 x 47 cm. Private Collection, New York. Photo: Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

"That’s what I realized I was going for, not some one-line joke like, “Here’s a birdhouse that’s minimalism.” Rather, here’s a structure that’s loaded with pathos, and you still don’t like it, you don’t feel sorry for it, you want to kick it. That’s what I wanted out of the thing—an artwork that you couldn’t raise, there was no way that you could make it better than it was. Its function as art actually makes it more uncomfortable."


~Mike Kelley, Excerpt from a 1991 BOMB Magazine Interview

Mike Kelley. Catholic Birdhouse. 1978. Painted wood and composite shingles, 55,9 x 47 x 47 cm. Private Collection, New York. Photo: Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

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