23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus
12th March – 13th June 2022
Biennale of Sydney
Mike Parr is known for long-durational performances where he tests the limits of the body and the will, and the possibilities of representation in art. For the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, Parr attempts to paint the image of a tree with his eyes shut. The video footage of the action, taken by Gotaro Uematsu and Heath Franco, was also created blinded.
“Everything in advance. Performance art for me is in advance. Decisively in advance. Because the event always exceeds the idea. I see something huge, black, impossibly uncertain. A body as trunk, a trunk as body falling. Falling trees everywhere. In this country, Indonesia, the Amazon, everywhere. Blind painting is unprecedented because it acknowledges the history of art, so art falling too, beyond the trace, beyond the indexical, beyond mental reclamation. Must see the possibility of the unseen in this unseen way!”