Mike Parr
MILK


Carriageworks
MILK
, 2008
Installation view
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The inaugural exhibition of Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney is a photographic history documenting the performance work of Mike Parr from 1971 – 2008. The performances have always been at the very core of Parr’s work, and represent a continuous and ongoing commitment to radical contemporary art practice. They comprise a significant basis for the various other forms within Parr’s oeuvre: the large scale drawings, the print project, the sculptural heads and the abstract objects. All are underpinned by this vast and profound history of self examination and projection.

Significantly, ‘MILK’ is the first exhibition to present a focused investigation of Parr’s performance projects and attests to the centrality and importance of his long term contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

The photographs were made with a number of Australian photographers. These include Paul Green, John Delacour, George Goldberg, Peter Mudie, Neal Oshima and Felizitas Parr.

A volume documenting this aspect of Mike Parr’s work is being published simultaneously with this exhibition. MIKE PARR, PERFORMANCES 1971-2008, by Schwartz City.

Mike Parr

Drip blood from your finger onto the lens of a camera…until the lens is filled with blood.
, 1972
Photograph
120 x 140 cm
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Mike Parr

Push a fish up your nose
, 1975
Photograph
120 x 180 cm
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Mike Parr

Infected leg spiral
, 1975
Photograph
120 x 180 cm
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Mike Parr

Have a branding iron made up with the word ARTIST. Brand this word on your body.
, 1973
Photograph
150 x 120 cm
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Mike Parr

Cathartic Action: Social Gestus No. 5 (the “Armchop”)
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 150 cm

Mike Parr

Fish and molasses to feet
, 1975
Photograph
120 x 120 cm
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Hold your breath under water for as long as possible
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm
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Mike Parr

Stone circle
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 150 cm
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