"Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #21 (Chicken Dance)" (2004-2005)

Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #21 (Chicken Dance), 2004–05
From the series "Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #2–32 (Day is Done)"
Chromogenic print; 30 x 27 5/8 inches
Edition of 5
Courtesy the Artist

"All the scenarios for 'Day is Done' are based on images found in high-school yearbooks in this particular case, though I’ve also done a whole collection of similar kinds of images from the small-town newspaper of the town where I grew up. The particular categories had religious ritual overtones, but outside of the church context. They all looked like they were done in public places, or they had gothic overtones. So I said, 'Okay, I’m going to work with these particular groups of images and develop a kind of pseudo-narrative flow.' The rituals run the gamut from something like dress-up day at work to St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween, to a community play or an awards ceremony."

- Mike Kelley