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

MILK
, 2008
Photographic montage
Installation view Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney, dimensions variable.

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

Mike Parr

Crush some meat in your hand
, 1972
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

Pull hairs in your armpit
, 1972
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

Stuff your nose with bread
, 1972
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

Stretch your right eyelid
, 1972
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

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

Mike Parr

Infected leg spiral
, 1975
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

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

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

Mike Parr

Stone circle
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 150 cm
Hold your breath under water for as long as possible
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Mike Parr

Hold a lighted match in your mouth… until the roof of your mouth is burnt. (Wound by Measurement 3.)
, 1972
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Stieg Persson, Mike Parr

Push tacks into your leg until a line of tacks is made up your leg. (Wound by Measurement 1.
, 1973
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

Leg spiral
, 1975
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Totem Murder 1
, 1975
Photograph
120 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Totem Murder 2
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Mike Parr

Family under water
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Mike Parr

Wrapped in my own Words
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 150 cm

Mike Parr

Close a street in the city. Make campfires on the deserted street under the shadows cast by the skyscrapers. Cook meat around the fires.
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Mike Parr

Nose cone
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Mike Parr

Shivering
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Mike Parr

Blood Box
, 2008
Photograph
150 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

White
, 2008
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Best Man, Primitive Gifts
, 2006
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Prick Into I
, 2004
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi (Democratic Torture)
, 2003
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Krushchev Murders Beria
, 2003
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

UnAustralian
, 2003
Photograph
100 X 180 cm

Mike Parr

Close the Concentration Camps
, 2002
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Water from the Mouth
, 2001
Photograph
120 x 150 cm

Mike Parr

Boobialla Couta
, 1998
Photograph
120 x 150 cm

Mike Parr

Female Factory
, 1998
Photograph
120 x 180 cm

Mike Parr

Dead Sun
, 1997
Photograph
120 X 120 cm

Mike Parr

Portrait of M & F
, 1996
Photograph
150 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Unword (Father, Sister, Jesus, Mother, Marx, Mirror, Arm, Word, God)
, 1996
Photograph
120 X 120 cm

Darren Siwes, Mike Parr

Day Break
, 1995
photograph

Mike Parr

Black Leg (Mama/Papa)
, 1993
Photograph
150 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

Mother/Father Self Portrait
, 1993
Photograph
180 x 120 cm

Mike Parr

The Emetics (Primary Vomit): I am Sick of Art [Red, Yellow and Blue] Blue
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm

Darren Siwes, Mike Parr

The Emetics (Primary Vomit): I am Sick of Art [Red, Yellow and Blue] Yellow
, 1977
Photograph
120 x 140 cm