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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Exhibitions

Mike Parr

LEFT FIELD

Mike Parr

Dark Cave

Mike Parr

Deep North
, Carriageworks

Heman Chong, Angela de la Cruz, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Mike Parr, Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA), Jane and Louise Wilson

Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
, Art Basel Hong Kong

Mike Parr

Easter Island
, Carriageworks

Stephen Bram, Angela de la Cruz, Mikala Dwyer, Clement Meadmore, Mike Parr, Benjamin Armstrong, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley

In abstraction, the body
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

The Golden Age
, Carriageworks

Mike Parr

The Hallelujah Chorus

Mutlu Çerkez, Emily Floyd, Marco Fusinato, Mike Parr, Rose Nolan, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Tom Nicholson, Ian Whittlesea, Grant Stevens

Word
, Carriageworks

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

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

News

Buried alive: Performance artist Mike Parr begins 72-hour entombment

From The Age, 15 June 2018
by Melanie Kembrey

For a man about to be buried alive, Mike Parr made little fuss. To the cheers and camera flashes of a large crowd, the 72-year-old swiftly climbed down the ladder into the steel container where he will be interred for three days, without food, beneath one of Tasmania’s busiest roads. Mike Parr will spend 72 […]

Australia Artist Is Buried Alive to Symbolize Historic Cover-Up

From The New York Times, 15 June 2018
by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

HOBART, Australia — The Australian performance artist Mike Parr walked through a cheering crowd on Thursday, climbed down a ladder and disappeared into a hole cut into the street. As he settled into a 25-square-foot steel box, workers sealed it with three inches of steaming-hot asphalt. Within hours the road was reopened to traffic. Mr. […]

Buried alive, under a road

From The Australian, 26 May 2018
by Tim Douglas

When artist Kazimir Malevich died in 1935, his cremated remains­ were placed in a box and buried beneath the ­symbol for which he was best known: a black square. The Russian painter’s radical eponymous work — made in 1915 to ­represent the so-called zero point of art and heralding the dawn of modernism — had […]