The Poetics,from right: John Miller, Tony Oursler, Mike Kelley, Bill Stobaugh, and John Arnheim
The late Mike Kelly was known for his work with Destroy All Monsters, a band he formed in 1973 in Detroit with Jim Shaw, Niagara and filmmaker Carey Loen, but audiences might be less familiar with The Poetics, an art rock band he played in with fellow artist Tony Oursler. The loosely assembled group kicked around between 1977 and 1983 and worked on various projects including a radio show, a sound track and a dance piece involving mop poles entitled ‘The Pole Dance’.
Still from Pole Dance by Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler and Anita Pace, 1997
During that period Oursler kept notes from each of the Poetics brainstorming sessions, later used as inspiration for The Poetics Project Installation created by Oursler and Kelly in the late 1990s at Metro Arts in New York that went on to tour internationally. Together, they re-examined the projects they’d begun in the 70s, re-mastering and releasing old tracks, re-executing The Pole Dance and creating an installation that was hailed by the New York Times as the ‘most irritating show in New York City’ (to Mike Kelley’s delight).
The Poetics Project, installation view at Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2013, featuring a projected interview with Genesis Breyer P Orridge (right)
Both artists were interested in exploring the conventions of documentary video and ‘rockumentaries’, and one element of the installation was Synesthesia, a suite of videos by Oursler featuring interviews with twelve legendary underground figures of the downtown New York art and music scene in the 1970s and 80s. Participants included Genesis Breyer P Orridge, Lydia Lunch, Kim Gordon and Suicide’s Alan Vega. Sadly difficult to watch online!
Still from Synesthesia: Alan Vega 1997-2011 by Tony Oursler
There are however some great texts about the project written by Kelly and Oursler respectively that you can read here and here. And you can watch Tony Oursler talk about The Poetics Project in situ in its 2013 incarnation at the Pompidou Centre here.
Posted in Art, Artists, Installation, Music, Video
Tagged Alan Vega, Anita Pace, Genesis Breyer P Orridge, Kim Gordon, Lydia Lunch, Mike Kelley, Pompidou, The Poetics Project, Tony Oursler
Rose Nolan walks past her architectural intervention in Melbourne
Rose Nolan has collaborated with architects OOF! Architecture to realise one of her signature text pieces on the facade of a newly renovated domestic dwelling in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. You can view more images of the Victorian era home (and former shop) here.
Collage by Yvonne Todd made in 1992 and inspired by a Perry Como album cover
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.
LOL wishes you all the best for the festive season.
Christmas. Remember back in 2007 when Paul McCarthy turned commercial gallery Maccarone into a fully operational chocolate factory that made these?
Santa with a Buttplug chocolates by Paul McCarthy
Over six weeks, the factory produced and sold over 1,000 of these pricy chocolates/cheap sculptures daily (check it out in operation in the top video). This year, he’s doing it all over again at the Monnaie de Paris as part of his first major solo exhibition in France.
Installation view of Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory at the Monnaie de Paris
Those of us in the antipodes can even get in on the festive action by purchasing McCarthy’s sweet treats online – choccie santas and the classic buttplugs – oh, I mean ‘trees’ – are $75 each. Merry Christmas!
JH Engström, from the ‘Back Home’ series, 2009