Mike Parr
Deep North

Deep North
, 2015
Installation view
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“Deep North isn’t meant to be explained in any specific sense so our audiences are meant to ponder their own associations. But Deep North has always implied something like Deep South does for the Yanks. The antithetical zone of repression and the unconscious, and today this Deep North goes off shore in the direction of Nauru and Manus Island. But none of the works in the show illustrate this antithetical except
as abstract ‘’objective corollaries’’ . To use Elliot’s phrase. Deep North should be discussed as an atmosphere, though of course shot through with my own memories and experience.”

Mike Parr, 2015

Deep North includes expansive mixed media works on canvas and recent and historical photographic series spanning four decades of practice.

Interrogating formal and cultural orthodoxies, Mike Parr conflates media: drawing, photography, print, sculpture and performance in his work. 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. His works address psychoanalytic and social issues ranging from his own physical disability to the legacies of Marxism, from Australian refugee crises to the structure of language.

Mike Parr has exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally. His work has been represented in important exhibitions in Austria, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA and is currently on view as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2015 in THE GHOST WHO TALKS, curated by Anthony Bond, presented by Global Art Affairs at the Palazzo Mora.

Recent exhibitions include: The Marked Self: Between Annihilation & Masquerade, Neue Galerie/Universalmuseum-Joanneum, Graz, Austria, 2015; The Red Queen, Dark MOFO, Hobart, 2014; Damage Control: Body Art & Destruction 1968-1972, BRUSEUM, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria 2014; Easter Island, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, 2013; Mike Parr. Edelweiß, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2012; The Hallelujah Chorus, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, The 4th Auckland Triennial, 2010; 3rd Moscow Biennale, 2009; MIRROR/ARSE, a comprehensive survey within Revolutions: Forms that Turn, Biennale of Sydney, 2008; Aus Australien, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2008; The Titled Stage, Detached, Hobart, 2008; Salto Mortale…The Nothing Self Portraits, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; Volte Face: Mike Parr Prints & Preprints 1970-2005, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006; Amerika, endurance performance, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Performance Space, 2006; Into Me/Out of Me, PS1, MOMA, New York, 2006; Masquerade: Representation and the Self in Contemporary Art, Musem of Contempoary Art, Sydney, 2006; The Gesture: A Visual Library in Progress, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2005; Quarter, Centro Produzione Arte, Florence, 2005; Unscripted: Language in Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales 2005; Cut Your Throat An Inch At A Time: A Survey of the Work of Mike Parr 1970 – 2005, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 2005; Kingdom Come and/or Punch Holes in the Body Politic, Artspace, Sydney, 2005; The Mass Psychology of Fascism Zip-a-dee-doo- dah, Zip-a-dee-ay, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2004; Latemouth: Works on paper, 1987–2003, University of Queensland Art Museum, 2003 and Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, 2002.