Mike Kelley

Little Friend

Mike Kelley, Little Friend

Mike Kelley (1954–2012)
Little Friend
plush toy with plastic eyes, felt hands and feet; paper, sound box, cardboard box
16h x 11w x 5d in
unnumbered edition of 800


includes “Important Care & Feeding info for your new Little Friend” sheet  
Little Friend speaks 20 different phrases, including “Hurt Me, I Don’t Mind!” and “Do You Really Love Me?” in random order when squeezed
produced in Hong Kong by PAM & Medicom
requires 3 AAA batteries 

in mint condition in original box 

Mike Kelley’s Little Friend “is the specter of your childhood, when you stood at puberty’s door.”

Called one of the most significant artists of his generation, Mike Kelley was an iconoclast who introduced a distinctive Detroit sensibility to the international art world with his campy references to everyday life.
Informed by philosophy, politics, history, underground music, decorative arts and the working class, Kelly's work often explored class and gender issues as well as issues of normality, criminality and perversion. He was a founding member of the noise band Destroy All Monsters, a collective formed with artists Jim Shaw, Niagara and Cary Loren in Ann Arbor in 1974.

$ 1,600