Mike Parr
Deep North


Carriageworks
Deep North
, 2015
Installation view
Click to enlarge

“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

The Sickness Unto Death
, 2015
23 coloured photographs printed on Centurion Metallic paper
85 x 65 cm each
This work is available. Enquire here.

Mike Parr

Alternative Abrahams
, 2014
Drypoint, anglegrinder, liftground aquatint from multiple copper plates, jig sawn plyblock printed in relief, surface roll-up in pigmented acrylic medium, printed on Mulberry paper bonded to rag paper bonded to 3 sheets of canvas with acrylic gloss
248 x 385 cm

Mike Parr

Unmarked Graves
, 2014
Etching and carborundum from multiple copper plates, solvent washes, stencil, pigmented acrylic medium, gloss enamel paint on Mulberry paper bonded to rag paper bonded to 4 sheets of canvas with acrylic gloss
282 x 454 cm
This work is available. Enquire here.

Mike Parr

Via Negativa (False Positive)
, 2014
Etching and carborundum from multiple copper plates, surface roll-up, acrylic paint, pigmented acrylic medium, gloss enamel paint on Mulberry paper bonded to rag paper bonded to 4 sheets of canvas with acrylic gloss
317 x 541 cm

Mike Parr

In the Carnarvon Ranges, 2
, 2015
8 black and white photographs printed as negatives on Spectrum glass paper
173 x 740 cm each
This work is available. Enquire here.

Mike Parr

Velasquez Mirror [Intrusion of a Worm]
, 2015
Liftground aquatint and foul bite, gloss enamel, acrylic & carborundum on 350gsm Hahnemuhle paper bonded to canvas with acrylic gloss
238 x 354 cm

Mike Parr

Bridging Course
, 2014
Etching, relief, shellac onto rice paper bonded to rag paper
2 sheets, 215 x 237 cm

Mike Parr

Foreign Looking
, 2013
Etching, relief, shellac onto rice paper bonded to rag paper
320 x 520 cm