Kelley Walker

Kelley Walker

Born in1969 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA.

Graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1995, Kelley Walker has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums: PS1 in New York, the Museo de Arte Contemporanea in Vigo in Spain, the New Langton Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Palais de Tokyo, and the Frac Franche-Comté at Dole in France. Renowned internationally, he has also pursued collaborative work with the American artist Wade Guyton. Many artists have influenced him, from Jasper Johns to Andy Warhol, from Marcel Duchamp to Joseph Beuys and Richard Prince.His pop work consisting of photocopies, collage, montage, monochrome silkscreen print metamorphoses, with toothpaste or chocolate, seizes art codes and various sources of images from popular media: adverts, magazine covers, newspapers, etcetera, that he has endlessly recycled by juxtaposing them. Images adjusted on Photoshop, cut out by hand, scanned and silkscreen printed, depicting riot scenes, natural disasters, portraits of Michael Jackson or Warhol, make critical and radical comments about the society of images and the circulation of art. By producing a CD Rom of found images (Nine Disasters) that the purchaser can reproduce and circulate freely, or, like Felix Gonzales-Torres, by distributing self-service posters to the public, or by using the recycling symbol, the artist misappropriates copyright to provide a subversive gesture which engages an unusual way of reinterpreting post-modernity and the challenges of reactivation and artistic re-appropriation.