Mike ParrMILK 17 June, 2008 – 16 August, 2008 Carriageworks MILK, 2008 Installation view Click to enlarge 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 cmThis work is available. Enquire here. Mike Parr Push a fish up your nose, 1975 Photograph 120 x 180 cmThis work is available. Enquire here. Mike Parr Infected leg spiral, 1975 Photograph 120 x 180 cmThis work is available. Enquire here. Mike Parr Have a branding iron made up with the word ARTIST. Brand this word on your body., 1973 Photograph 150 x 120 cmThis work is available. Enquire here. 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 cmThis work is available. Enquire here. Hold your breath under water for as long as possible, 1977 Photograph 120 x 140 cmThis work is available. Enquire here. Mike Parr Stone circle, 1977 Photograph 120 x 150 cmThis work is available. Enquire here.