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Mike Kelley: Exploded Fortress of Solitude at the Gagosian Gallery

Beginning today 8th September and running till Saturday, 22 October 2011 The Gagosian Gallery presents sculptures and a large-scale installation by artist Mike Kelley. The Kandors series, which Kelley initiated in 1999, are sculptural depictions of Superman's birthplace Kandor. As we all know the popular Superman story recounts the adventures of an alien being sent to Earth as a baby to escape the total destruction of his home planet Krypton. However, it turns out the Kandor was not in fact, destroyed. Shrunk and bottled by a villain, the futuristic city was later rescued by Superman and protected under a bell jar in his sanctuary, the Fortress of Solitude. For almost a quarter-century in comic-book time, Kandor and its miniature citizens survived in Supermans care, sustained by tanks of atmosphere, a constant reminder of his lost past and a metaphor for his psychic disconnection from his adopted planet. Mike Kelley was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954. He lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Michigan. Don't forget to check the exhibition out whilst in London.

Gagosian Gallery 6-24 Britannia Street London WC1X 9JD Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm

(C) Mike Kelley 2011. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery Photo by Fredrik Nilsen