Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler, Poetics Country


Mike Kelley (1954-2012) and Tony Oursler (b. 1957)

Poetics Country, 1997

Medium: Silkscreen on baked enamel road sign with bullet holes

Dimensions: 91 x 91 x 3 cm (36 x 36 x 1 in)

Edition of 60: Hand signed and numbered

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Poetics Country by Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler was published for documenta X in 1997.

“The documenta edition is a print in the manner of a standard American crosswalk sign graffittied with images taken from our notebooks. We are attracted to the sign because of its graphic style, a kind of international sign language which was much used in the late 70s “new wave” graphic design. The bullet holes place the sign within the local “aesthetic” of the Antelope Valley, an area that was the site of our shared rehearsal space.” – Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler

Mike Kelley (1954-2012) was a seminal American artist whose innovative and provocative contributions left an indelible mark on contemporary art. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kelley’s artistic journey spanned a diverse range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance, and multimedia installations. His work delved into a myriad of themes, often exploring the realms of childhood, memory, and the hidden, unsettling aspects of American culture. Emerging during the 1980s as part of the Los Angeles-based Neo-Expressionist movement, Mike Kelley‘s art defied easy classification. He was a trailblazer in employing found objects and materials, such as stuffed animals, discarded textiles, and kitsch collectibles, to create thought-provoking and often disconcerting artworks. Kelley’s oeuvre challenged societal norms and conventions, diving deep into issues of sexuality, trauma, and the intricacies of the human psyche. His works were characterized by a profound psychological depth and a fearless exploration of the darker aspects of American society. Mike Kelley‘s influence on the art world was profound and far-reaching. His unique approach to materiality and his ability to confront and dissect cultural taboos continue to inspire generations of artists. Kelley’s untimely passing in 2012 left a void in the contemporary art landscape, but his legacy endures, serving as a testament to the power of art to provoke, question, and engage with the complexities of the modern human experience.

Tony Oursler is a prominent American multimedia artist known for his pioneering work in the field of video and projection art. Born in 1957 in New York City, Oursler’s artistic career has spanned several decades and has consistently pushed the boundaries of visual and technological art forms. Tony Oursler‘s art is characterized by his innovative use of video, sculpture, and performance to explore themes related to human psychology, communication, and the intersection of technology and the human experience. He is particularly recognized for his projection installations that often involve the use of distorted faces and disembodied voices to create eerie and thought-provoking narratives. Throughout his career, Tony Oursler has exhibited his work in major art institutions worldwide, and his contributions to the contemporary art landscape have earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated following. His explorations into the realm of the subconscious, identity, and the impact of technology on society continue to captivate and challenge audiences, making him a significant figure in the world of multimedia art.

Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler, Poetics Country


Limited Edition Print, Multiple


Political Art, Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, Figurative Art


Other, Screenprint

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