Mike Kelley - Infinite Expansion, 1983, six parts superimposed; acrylic on paper

Infinite Expansion

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six parts superimposed; acrylic on paper
143 x 143 x 2 1/2 in. (363.22 x 363.22 x 6.35 cm)

About This Artwork

In his performances, music, and installations, Kelley took material from childhood memories, adolescent collectibles, pulp magazines, psychoanalytic theory, and many other sources to develop his conceptual work. Infinite Expansion was completed in six overlaid sections. The work was originally part of Kelley’s 1984 performance The Sublime, which criticized art’s inability to generate spiritual transcendence. The painting takes up similar themes. At its center is a suburban home nestled in a small, nostalgic mountain scene. The surrounding layers swell outward into a hallucination that lingers somewhere between fluid, nondescript lines, wood grain, and celestial space — both divine and cosmic.

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