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Day is Done

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by Mike Kelley



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Mike Kelley’s burlesque masterpiece, Day Is Done, is a work in progress conceived in three hundred and sixty-five separate chapters. Chapters 2 to 32 were staged as a complex and spectacular mixed-media installation—which Kelley scripted, scored, shot and sculpted—at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in 2005. To mark the first stage of this ambitious project, Kelley has edited an elaborate visual catalogue of Chapters 2-32. This richly illustrated book includes video stills and installation views, Kelley's libretto and selected writings and notes on key aspects of the project, and a critical review by John Welchman.

Each video chapter imaginatively reconstructs scenes from photographs of “extracurricular activity” that Kelley found in high school yearbooks. Over many years he has collected hundreds of such images and grouped them into categories referring to common forms of folk entertainment: plays, thematic costume days, holiday festivities, religious spectacles, hazing rituals, and so on. Though not a standard narrative, Day Is Done features recurring characters and some semblance of narrative flow in a provocative look at the formative effects of school on the adolescent psyche.

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Dimensions 25,5 x 30,5 cm 10 x 12 in
Publisher Gagosian
Pages 500
ISBN 978-0300124255
Publication Date 2007


Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley was an American artist. His work involved found objects, textile banners, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance and video.

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