Artist Mary Reid Kelley Goes to War

Still from Mary Reid Kelley’s (2008). Photo: Courtesy of Marvelli Gallery, New York.

“I am the lover of two women,” announces Mary Reid Kelley in her naughty, noirish video in which she plays a cartoony male WWI aviator. Kelley, as the pilot, recites a poem lamenting a present he gives his bride, a ballerina named Camel Toe. The gift is "bright and round — when you plug it in the wall, it makes a jolly buzzing sound." Camel Toe takes it into the bathroom and is never heard from again. Kelley's video is part of a group show about happiness at Marvelli Gallery through August 8. —Emma Pearse