Mike Parr

Methodonized
, 2015
Acrylic, enamel and charcoal on canvas
214 x 299 cm Click to enlarge

Biography

Born Sydney, Australia 1945

Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

 

Over the course of his career, Mike Parr has engaged with ideas of endurance and duration, formalism and the mechanics of de-representation. His work is imbued with a strongly cathartic presence, which can be read as a forcing of language onto the material body. Interrogating formal and cultural orthodoxies, Mike Parr conflates drawing, print, sculpture and performance in his deeply political works.

Testing the limits of his physical and mental endurance, Parr has cut, branded, stitched, burned and nailed his body in a decades-long examination of identity and political conventions of the 20th century. A fierce critic of the Australian art world and a vital link to its international counterpart, Parr has been a divisive and highly influential figure for almost fifty years. Parr represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1980 and presented the major installation The Ghost who Talks at the Palazzo Mora in 2015.  In 2016, the National Gallery of Australia mounted the museum’s largest survey of a contemporary Australian artist, Foreign Looking by Mike Parr.

Exhibitions include: ‘Give the People what they Want / Ideal Unions / Nazi Milk’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, New South Wales (2016); ‘Foreign Looking;, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2016); ‘Asylum’, DARK MOFO, Hobart (2016); ‘The Marked Self: Between Annihilation & Masquerade’, Neue Gallery/Uni­varsalmuseum-Joanneum, Graz, Austria (2015); ‘THE GHOST WHO TALKS’, 55th Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy (2015); ‘Damage Control: Body Art & Destruction 1968-1972’, BRUSEUM, Neue Gallery, Graz, Austria (2014); ‘Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); ‘Mike Parr’, Edelweiß., Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012); MIRROR/ARSE, ‘Revolutions – Forms That Turn’, 16th Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island (2008); ‘Volte Face: Mike Parr Prints & Preprints 1970-2005’, Museum of Contem­porary Art, Sydney (2006).

Public collections include: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Parliament House, Canberra; Monash University, Melbourne; and Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

 

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Bibliography


Exhibitions

Mike Parr

LEFT FIELD

Mike Parr

Dark Cave

Mike Parr

Deep North
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

Deep North
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

Easter Island
, Carriageworks

Stephen Bram, Angela de la Cruz, Mikala Dwyer, Clement Meadmore, Mike Parr

In abstraction, the body
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

The Golden Age
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

The Golden Age
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

The Hallelujah Chorus

Mike Parr

MILK
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

SALTO MORTALE: THE NOTHING SELF PORTRAITS

Mike Parr

BLAMELESS

Mike Parr

THE UNDERWORLD

Mike Parr

AETHER/AWE

Mike Parr

ALUMINUM FROM THE MOUTH


Recent Works

Mike Parr

LEFT FIELD (for Robert Hunter)
, 2017
Dual-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, sound

Mike Parr

The Termination Series
, 2017
Drypoint, aquatint, etching, angle grinder, carborundum off copper block on Hahnemuhle 350gsm paper. Unique state.
Produced with John Loane at Viridian Press
78 x 107.5 cm (each); 156 x 642 cm (overall)

Mike Parr

COATED TONGUES (for Shaun Gladwell)
, 2017
Single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, sound
22 minutes 41 seconds

Mike Parr

Double-sided Drawing Boards
, 2016
Drawings in mixed media, 15 drawing boards, unframed
55.5 x 78 cm each; 185 x 432.5 cm overall
This work is available. Enquire here.

Mike Parr

Mug shots (when I perceived the delights of Paradise)
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
214 x 297 cm

Publications

Mike Parr

Language and Chaos
, 2016
National Gallery of Australia