Sod & Sodie Socks

An artists' book entitled Sod & Sodie Socks was created by Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy during an exhibition the two American artists mounted in the Vienna Secession in 1998.
 
This book documents the installation, video works, performances and realization of the Sod & Sodie Socks exhibition in a series of loosely arranged scenes. Sad Sack is an American children's cartoon figure that reflects everyday life in the army. The book deals with the power play of the US Army with the aid of Sad Sack and associations with Georges Bataille, Wilhelm Reich and Clement Greenberg. The illusory nature of this power play is undermined by a calculated flaunting of conventions, whilst numerous cultural and theoretical allusions and references are integrated in a precisely arranged series of images.

More info is archived at the Secession website, here, where you can also order the book.

Genre
Art
Topics
artists' books
Author
Mike Kelley
Author
Jason Rhoades
Publisher
Secession
Format
Paperback
ISBN
390192602 (find on Amazon)

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