Article Number: 2148
Soft Cover, German, Thread Stitching, 152 Pages, 1999, Secession
Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy

Sod and Sodie Sock

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This book documents the installation, video works, performances and realization of the "Sod and Sodie Sock Comp. O.S.O." 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. [D/E]