West of Rome presents...A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, a collaborative video installation by artists Mike Kelley and Michael Smith. The installation includes a six-channel video featuring Michael Smith's character Baby IKKI. Filmed at a festival in the Black Rock desert in 2008, the related sculptures fill the 15,500 square foot space surrounding a 30-foot tall junk sculpture of Baby IKKI.
The installation reflects the fantasy-oriented environment of the festival, which is both grand and folksy-an odd mixture of fairground, playground, hippie commune, and the futuristic architectural aesthetics of R. Buckminster Fuller. Resembling an abandoned festival site of the post-"new age" era. This project is the first collaboration between Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, artists who have been friends since 1975.
Mike Kelley, born in Detroit in 1954, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Kelley's work embraces performance, installation, drawing, painting, video, sound works, and sculpture. Referencing both high art and vernacular traditions, his works draw from historical research, mass cultural references, and psychological theory.
Michael Smith, born in Chicago in 1951, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Austin, Texas. Smith's 30-year artistic career includes live performance, video works, commercial and cable television skits, puppet shows, exhibition installations, comic publications, and drawings.
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