Artist Mike Kelley R.I.P. 1954-2012


Was a member of
Destroy All Monsters as well as the visual force behind Sonic Youth’s Dirty
album sleeve.


By Fred Mills


Mike Kelley, artist, musician and provocateur, passed away
yesterday in Los Angeles, news reports have indicated. It was an apparent suicide. Kelley was


Early on the Michigan
native found himself caught up in the early ‘70s art-rock/proto-punk scene and
was a founding member of the legendary Destroy All Monsters. He later became
active on the L.A.
art scene where he attended the California Institute of the Arts. He also
became friends with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, collaborating with the band and
eventually creating the iconic sleeve for their Dirty album.



At Kelley’s official website you can view his full
and a list of exhibitions, writings, and other projects.



Photo credit: Cameron Wittig/Walker Art Center (via


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