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Mike Kelley’s black and white photograph with a silkscreened mat in a black wooden frame "Goethe Quote" (for Parkett 31, image 2), features a monochromatic portrait of a ghostly creature made of fabric and straw alongside a quote by Goethe describing the powerful dark side of imagination:

"Imagination lies in wait as the most powerful enemy. Naturally raw, and enamored of absurdity, it breaks out against all civilizing restraints like a savage who takes delight in grimacing idols."

The artist used the same quote for his project "Pay for Your Pleasure" (images 1-6) which placed banner-sized paintings of famous male philosophers, poets, writers, and artists, with selected quotes concerning the overlap of criminal and creative activity, alongside artworks made by a infamous serial killers specific to the locations the work was being exhibited.