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Mike Kelley at Gagosian

James Kalm sneaks into the Gagosian Gallery on the down-low to take a brisk tour of this recent group of paintings Horizontal Tracking Shots by Mike Kelley. Kelley uses the theatrical device of the set or backdrop as a coloristic ground on which to place his eccentric imagist paintings. These large planes of uninflected designer colors place the applied paintings into a context with high formalism, creating a complex dialog between the abstract and the eccentric.