Mike Kelley, ‘"My Little Friend", Edition, Sounds’, 2007, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Mike Kelley, ‘"My Little Friend", Edition, Sounds’, 2007, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Mike Kelley, ‘"My Little Friend", Edition, Sounds’, 2007, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

Designed by Mike Kelley, this plush toy has a startling characteristic. Like many plush toys, when you squeeze their belly they speak, but this one speaks 20 different phrases you don't expect to hear from a toy. It says things like "Hurt me, I don't mind," and "Do you really love me?"
Not appropriate for children.

Signature: not signed

Manufacturer: PAM & Medicom

About Mike Kelley

Los Angeles–based artist, critic, and curator Mike Kelley's varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, wall-size drawings, paintings, and collaborations with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler, and bands Sonic Youth and Destroy All Monsters (1973-1985). Kelley's work challenged the legitimacy of "normative" values and authority systems, often employing the confrontational practices of punk music. He often sought to legitimize overlooked instances of vernacular art in America, as in his "Kandors" series, begun in 1999, in which he cast representations of Superman's birthplace Kandor, taken from comic books, in colored resins and set them in tinted glass bottles to resemble illuminated reliquaries.

American, 1954-2012, Detroit, Michigan, based in Los Angeles, California