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Mike Kelley

Three Projects: Half a Man, From My Institution to Yours, and Pay for Your Pleasure
May 04 – June 30, 1988

 
Mike Kelley
Pay for Your Pleasure, Installation View,
The Renaissance Society, 1988
 
1) ?AFTER OUR OWN VERSE, AFTER ALL OUR SUBTLE COLOUR AND NERVOUS RHYTHM?WHAT MORE IS POSSIBLE? AFTER US THE SAVAGE GOD.
'YEATS'

2) I HAVE A MAD IMPULSE TO SMASH SOMETHING?TO COMMIT OUTRAGES.
'HERMANN HESSE'

3) THE IMAGINATION WILL NOT DOWN?IF IT IS NOT ART IT BECOMES CRIME.
'W. C. WILLIAMS'

4) THE FACT OF A MAN BEING A POISONER IS NOTHING AGAINST HIS PROSE.
'OSCAR WILDE'

5) I ERECT MYSELF AT THE EXACT POINT WHERE KNOWLEDGE TOUCHES MADNESS, AND I CAN ERECT NO SAFETY RAIL.
'BALZAC'

6) IF YOU SAY THAT EVERYTHING - CHAOS, DARKNESS, ANATHEMA -CAN BE REDUCED TO MATHMATICAL FORMULAE - THEN MAN WILL GO INSANE ON PURPOSE TO HAVE NO JUDGEMENT - AND TO BEHAVE AS HE LIKES.
'DOSTOEVSKY

7) WE ADMIRE THE WORK, BUT DESPISE THE WORKMEN.
'PLUTARCH'

8) MEN LIKE BENVENUTO CELLINI (ARTISTS)?OUGHT NOT TO BE BOUND BY LAW.
'POPE PAUL III'
 

   
   
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