The Permission of Mike Kelley-Essay

July 30, 2014

An essay I wrote about Mike Kelley on the occasion of the recent retrospective of his work.

The Permission of Mike Kelley
The recent traveling retrospective exhibition of Mike Kelley reveals the artist’s artwork to be generous, permissive, moral and caring; though not kind, gentle nor easy. There also exists in equal measures cynicism, cruelty and negativity. Caring, in that he strove to ruthlessly expose systems of repression in our lives; unkind, in that his withering attack left few beliefs unexposed, and no sacred goats left unshorn. This permission and generosity can be experienced in three overlapping ways: 1) Mike Kelley provides an example of how to make intelligent, critically engaged work. This provides permission to artists to wholly invest in their subject matter; 2) Kelley’s drive to over-stuff his subjects with meaning to the bursting point. This is an act of generosity to the subject while damning our culture of over-analysis; and 3) Kelley’s work is generous in the sense that he served, as the well-known image of him documents, as a janitor, an astringent force working elbows deep in the pus and bile of mass culture to clear out blockages.

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“World-Lock” by White Suns

July 29, 2014

“World-Lock” by White Suns

 

from the album Totem
video by Karl Erickson
Totem is available from The Flenser

White Suns:
whitesuns.blogspot.com/

The Flenser:
theflenser.com/

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Monotonic Surfaces live video and sound event at ApexArt

July 12, 2014

Documentation of the Monotonic Surfaces video and sound event at ApexArt, June 26, 204. In this collaborative performance, I remixed the videos I made from my trip to the Arctic while  Steven Anderson and Stephanie Richards created live musical scores.

Video courtesy of ApexArt.

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Monotonic Surfaces screenprint

July 10, 2014

monotonic-surfaces-blue-and-red

I have a limited edition screen-print to compliment the videos that make up the series Monotonic Surfaces. There are only a few left, all signed and numbered. The print was made in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture  on the occasion of my exhibition there. It is only $30.

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Arctic Video and Sound Art Performance at apexart on Thursday, June 26

June 24, 2014

I will be live mixing and re-mixing videos I made from my trip Arctic this Thursday night at apexart.
I will be performing with trumpeter Stephanie Richards and artist Steven L. Anderson, who each created beautiful soundtracks for the videos.
Thursday, June 26: 7–8 pm
291 Church St, NYC
This is my first live video-mixing performance and is a continuation of my video project “Monotonic Surfaces.” Created while part of of the expeditionary residency The Arctic Circle  sailing around the Arctic archipelago Svalbard, the videos of Monotonic Surfaces convey the power and vulnerability of the Arctic landscape and emphasize the ecstatic and transformative potential of the environment.

Each of the videos were made in collaboration with musicians and sound artists whose works I brought on the expedition, broadcast and re-recorded on site. The sounds, melodies and tones of each auditory work influenced my videographic choices, both in terms of subject and treatment. Collaborators include Steve Anderson, Stephanie Richards, Tunde Adebimpe, Sandy Gordon, Eric Lindley, Chris Colthart, Todd Carter and Guru Rugu.

 

 

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Curatorial Projects

May 07, 2014

Curatorial Projects

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Ziost Shadow (Torimo Arctic edit)

March 29, 2014

Ziost Shadow (Torimo Arctic edit)
sound by Todd Carter, original track Hidenori Sasaki
9:28 minutes
Underwater video images courtesy of Michael Eckblad
Glacier and Ice still images courtesy of Paul Teolis.

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.

Above all, the Arctic was for me peaceful, clean and calm. A restorative, chordal drone.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Ice Sun Seal Feedback

Ice Sun Seal Feedback
video by Steve Anderson and Karl Erickson
sound by Steve Anderson
6:26 minutes
Underwater video images courtesy of Michael Eckblad.

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

It took my days to really learn to see the glaciers, ice surfaces and shifting seascape. Anderson and I sought to capture this delirious, delicious moment of uncertainty, where newness is beyond interpretation.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Ice for Arctic

Ice for Arctic
Sounds Sandy Gordon
Video Karl Erickson
9:46

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.

Made with dry ice applied to mic-ed metal, Sandy Gordon’s soundwork speaks to the wary, often violent inter-connectedness we have with polar environments. In the video, I sought to capture the steely chill, feedback loops and crisp stillness of the Arctic.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Mal de Mar

Mal de Mer (edit)
sound by Tunde Adebimpe
3:52 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.

The greatest challenge on the trip was, perhaps, the occasional bouts of foul seas that made me question of the survivability of ship voyage. My cure: staring at the horizon through the camera viewfinder, doubling my stability atop the shifting surface.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Memo to William Reed re: Hyperborea

sound Chris Colthart
video Karl Erickson
4:20 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

Colthart’s hypnotic drone put me in the meditative, transportive state I experienced on the voyage, falling into worlds and dimensions long hidden. The video is a view from within the hollow earth.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Lichen)

March 25, 2014

Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Lichen)
sound by Stephanie Richards
Lichen: 1:38 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

One of the most surprising revelations of the expedition was the abundance of life and color that spotted the landscape where I expected to find ice, snow and stone. Richards restrained, clear trumpets provide perfect counterpoint to these small bursts.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at TheCenter for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Stream)

Arctic Trumpet Recursion (Stream)
sound by Stephanie Richards
Stream: 50 seconds

 This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013.

One of the most surprising revelations of the expedition was the abundance of life and color that spotted the landscape where I expected to find ice, snow and stone. Richards restrained, clear trumpets provide perfect counterpoint to these small bursts.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at TheCenter for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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We Could Be Transcendent Apes (Self Negation)

March 21, 2014

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Stand By Me

March 19, 2014

Stand By Me
sound by Careful (Eric Lindley)
2:09 minutes

This is one of nine videos documenting the impressions of my experiences in the Arctic during the summer of 2013. It was, to say too little, an otherworldly experience.
The ecstatic feeling of the 24-hour sun is tempered by the fragility of the Arctic landscape. Lindley’s gossamer interpretation of Stand By Me captured these emotions perfectly, and the video moves towards the ever-shifting landscape, physical and emotional, of Svalbard.

This is part of my series of videos shown as “Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at TheCenter for Strategic Art and Agriculture March 11 – April 15, 2014.

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Cross Species Courting Rave Drone at Winter Shack

March 05, 2014

dance by Karl Erickson
music by Eric Lindley
performed at Winter Shack, March 1, 2014

This performance combines a butoh-influenced dance, science fiction and a drone version of the folk song “Froggy Goes A-courting.”

The dance is a deconstruction of the “rave jog” popularized by The Happy Monday’s hype man Bez in the 1990s. The alien astronaut character is based on “Ro-Man” from the sci-fi B-movie “Robot Monster.” Like Mr. Frog and Miss Mouse from “Froggy Goes A-Courting,” the monster Ro-Man is experiencing cross species love, hoping its consummation would result in the evolution of his consciousness and species.

All of the elements – rave, butoh, sci-fi, folk music – have elements of outsiderness, identity, consciousness expansion, ecstasy, and (r)evolution. In our performance we sought to create a meditative moment in which a glimpse of what can be next in our evolutionary horizon.

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