Mike Parr
The Golden Age


Carriageworks
The Golden Age
, 2011
Installation view
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The self-portrait project has defined the art of Mike Parr for more than forty years: a practice of continual experimentation, exploration and exposure. The portrait head in its multiple and diverse renderings performs as a highly complex and ambiguous sign of the psychoanalytic and the social self.

Parr’s drawings and prints exist at the core of his practice in strong relation to the performance works. While Parr asserts that each medium is essentially ‘performative’ and represents psychic risk taking, it is drawing that is most able to extend the core performance work into another area of practice. The films, videos and photographs are also important traces of the artist’s performances and an important aspect of the drawing is its relationship to performance photography. “I began drawing to free the performance record of ‘photodeath’ and to introduce limit states into drawing directly”.

Through gesture the artist occupies the paper and interrogates the self. The intensity and meaning of the endurance performance works and the echoes of the individual performances themselves, find their way into the drawings and prints. Parr asserts that the “performative” is fundamentally important “for all of my work”. This capacity of representation in the drawings and prints cannot be replicated anywhere else – the unique performances happen and are gone: only the drawings and prints remain as artistic expressions and residual objects.

Mike Parr

Bigness of a Head
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel, charcoal pencil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm
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Mike Parr

Blood in Black
, 2011
Acrylic mixed with pastel, charcoal, charcoal pencil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm
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Mike Parr

Blutwurst
, 2011
Ink mixed with acrylic, acrylic, pastel, charcoal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 230 cm
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Mike Parr

Duck Down
, 2011
Charcoal pencil, watercolour, pastel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm
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Mike Parr

Dumbfounded
, 2011
Charcoal pencil, acrylic, pastel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm
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Mike Parr

High Talians
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel, ink, watercolour on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm
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Mike Parr

Matted anti-Matted
, 2011
Ink mixed with acrylic, acrylic, pastel, charcoal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm

Mike Parr

The Colossal Child
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel, charcoal pencil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm
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Mike Parr

The Not Yet
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel, ink, charcoal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 229 cm

Mike Parr

Wound Slash Wound
, 2011
Pastel, watercolour, ink, charcoal pencil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford watercolour paper
153 x 229.5 cm
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Mike Parr

I’m dead, I’m dead, he said, he said
, 2011
Ink mixed with acrylic, pastel, charcoal, acrylic on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm

Mike Parr

Jackson Pollock the Female
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 250 cm

Mike Parr

Leninist Leering
, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal pencil, pastel, acrylic layers on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm

Mike Parr

Lunatic Fringe
, 2011
Ink mixed with acrylic, acrylic, pastel, charcoal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 250 cm

Mike Parr

Mountains of Sand
, 2011
Charcoal pencil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 232 cm

Mike Parr

Non provisioning can save me
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel, charcoal pencil, charcoal, ink mixed with acrylic on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm

Mike Parr

Rule Following
, 2011
Pastel, acrylic, charcoal, ink mixed with acrylic on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 235 cm

Mike Parr

The Orse is Dropped
, 2011
Acrylic, pastel, charcoal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 250 cm

Mike Parr

Vue du Monde
, 2011
Acrylic, ink mixed with acrylic, pastel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 250 cm

Mike Parr

The Golden Age [Choking]
, 2011
Inked Carborundum, angle grinder drypoint, scraped drypoint, orbital sander and belt sander off copper on 350gsm Hahnemuhle Paper
Twelve sheets, 236 x 534 cm overall
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Mike Parr

The Golden Age [Extinction]
, 2011
Inked Carborundum, angle grinder drypoint, scraped drypoint, orbital sander and belt sander off copper on 350gsm Hahnemuhle Paper
12 sheets, 236 x 532 cm overall

Mike Parr

The Golden Age [Field Day]
, 2011
Inked Carborundum, angle grinder drypoint and orbital sander off copper on 350gsm Hahnemuhle Paper
Ten sheets, 236 x 444 cm overall
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Mike Parr

Bourrh Gungas
, 2011
Charcoal, pastel, watercolour, ink on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper
153 x 250 cm