The reference, of course, is to Kelley's 1987 work of the same title. Part of the Whitney Museum's collection in New York City, the original More Love Hours is made of the same "mixed media" as the altar in Kelley's memory, which continues to grow daily with stuffed and quilted offerings brought by a steady influx of visitors. Like other works by the artist, Kelley's More Love Hours is a collection of thrift store items that the artist found and manipulated; that is to say, it is an artwork made of implied memories and imagined lives. It is made of the opaque and indirect connotations that come buried in the dust of second-hand objects.
Likewise, in the spontaneous recreation of this seminal work by this seminal artist, one finds suggestions and fuzzy fragments of Kelley's life, and of the lives he touched — if not personally, then through his artwork. The notes written on the walls of this no longer abandoned driveway, and in the cloth commemorative book left on its grounds, are both highly personal messages — "Thank you for…," "I'm sorry that…," "I remember when…" — and notably removed ("I never knew you, but…").
The recreation of More Love Hours is an act suggestive of vandalism and trespassing, at the same time that it is an act of grief, of love, and tribute — in its complexity, it becomes that much more powerful