Mike Kelley, Back to School

Detail of Mike Kelley: Deodoriazed Central Mass.

      This is a test. Can you look at Mike Kelley’s huge survey (MoMA PS1 to Feb. 2) without thinking of how he died? Is it too soon to come to grips with the art? Recent evidence has emerged that St. Vincent was shot by some stupid boys by mistake. Nevertheless, van Gogh’s “suicide” haunts even the most cheerful of his landscapes. That haunting and the fading of certain colors shows how both false history and bad chemistry are art’s most dangerous collaborators. I … [Read more...]

Timepiece: Slow Has Its Moment, Again

How to Wear Takehito's Masticator

      Food was first.  Slow Food is the alternative to fast food and agribusiness. Slow food is regional. Proponents of Slow Food call themselves locavores. Slow Food does not mean slow cooking or chewing each mouthful 17 times. Horace Fletcher (1849-1919) once took 45 minutes to Fletcherize an apple. A contemporary version of  tech-aided Fletcherizing has been produced in Japan -- Masticator (2005) by artist Takehito Etani. It is part of his "Spiritual Prothtetics … [Read more...]