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RIP Visual Artist And Sonic Youth Collaborator Mike Kelley

RIP Visual Artist And Sonic Youth Collaborator Mike Kelley

In another piece of sad news, 57-year-old proto-punk pioneer and renknowned mutli-media artist Mike Kelley passed away today in his Los Angeles home. The man responsible for Destroy All Monsters, a band that would eventually home members from the Stooges, MC5, and Mission of Burma, and the cover art for Sonic Youth's 1992 record Dirty (pictured), had his death reported by his art dealer after being found dead of an apparent suicide at his Gagosian Gallery residence.

 

Kelley was known for his otherworldly sculptures, which art critic Jerry Saltz described as "his own form of sculptural mayhem: cacophonous disorienting agglomerations and sprawling installations of stuff heaped upon other stuff" in Saltz's remembrance of Kelley for New York Magazine. He also recorded music with Sonic Youth, with the group Poetics, and solo. Details on his myriad talents can be found on his website. [Daily Swarm/Pitchfork]

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