27th June – 29th August 2015
Anna Schwartz Gallery Carriageworks
“Deep North isn’t meant to be explained in any specific sense so our audiences are meant to ponder their own associations. But Deep North has always implied something like Deep South does for the Yanks. The antithetical zone of repression and the unconscious, and today this Deep North goes off shore in the direction of Nauru and Manus Island. But none of the works in the show illustrate this antithetical except as abstract ‘’objective corollaries’’. To use Elliot’s phrase Deep North should be discussed as an atmosphere, though of course shot through with my own memories and experience.” – Mike Parr, 2015
Deep North includes mixed media works on canvas and recent and historical photographic series spanning four decades of practice.
Interrogating formal and cultural orthodoxies, Mike Parr conflates media: drawing, photography, print, sculpture and performance in his work. Testing the limits of his physical and mental endurance, Parr has cut, branded, stitched, burned and nailed his body in a decades-long examination of identity and political conventions of the 20th century. His works address psychoanalytic and social issues ranging from his own physical disability to the legacies of Marxism, from Australian refugee crises to the structure of language.