TAG UWF will consider the influence of internationally renowned artist Mike Kelley (American, 1954-2012) by presenting video work from his students during his tenure at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California from 1992 through 2007. The exhibition will run concurrently with the large scale retrospective, Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years, opening in December 2012 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
The title of the UWF exhibition takes its name from Mike Kelley’s 1995 work, Educational Complex. In the piece, Kelley reconsiders and amalgamates all of the educational institutions he ever attended. Education and the institution were early and recurring themes throughout his body of work. The exhibition, Educational Complex Edit will cast Kelley in the role of The Institution, reversing his position from his original piece. By placing Kelley on the opposite side of the dialectic he initiated, this exhibition will seek recourse in the work of his pupils and, in doing so explore a specific facet of Kelley’s artistic legacy.
Many of the students from Kelley’s time at Art Center have gone on to become successful artists and teachers in their own right. The artists represented in this exhibition span the gamut of Kelley’s tenure at the school from among his earliest to his latest classes. Each artist has been asked to select a video from either their time under Kelley’s tutelage or by selecting more recent work that shares an affinity for his artistic influence.