Mike Parr
MILK

17th June – 16th August 2008
Anna Schwartz Gallery Carriageworks

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.

Images

Mike Parr

MILK, 2008

Mike Parr

MILK, 2008
Instal­la­tion view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carriageworks
Pho­to: Paul Green

Mike Parr

MILK, 2008
Instal­la­tion view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carriageworks
Pho­to: Paul Green

Mike Parr

MILK, 2008
Instal­la­tion view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carriageworks
Pho­to: Paul Green

Mike Parr

Drip blood from your fin­ger onto the lens of a camera…until the lens is filled with blood., 1972
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Crush some meat in your hand, 1972
Photograph
120180 cm

Mike Parr

Pull hairs in your armpit, 1972
Photograph
120180 cm

Mike Parr

Stuff your nose with bread, 1972
Photograph
120180 cm

Mike Parr

Stretch your right eyelid, 1972
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120180 cm

Mike Parr

Push a fish up your nose, 1975
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120180 cm

Mike Parr

Infect­ed leg spiral, 1975
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120180 cm

Mike Parr

Have a brand­ing iron made up with the word ARTIST. Brand this word on your body., 1973
Photograph
150120 cm

Mike Parr

Cathar­tic Action: Social Ges­tus No. 5 (the Arm­chop”), 1977
Photograph
120150 cm

Mike Parr

Fish and molasses to feet, 1975
Photograph
120120 cm

Mike Parr

Stone cir­cle, 1977
Photograph
120150 cm

Hold your breath under water for as long as possible, 1977
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Hold a light­ed match in your mouth… until the roof of your mouth is burnt. (Wound by Mea­sure­ment 3.), 1972
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120180 cm

Mike Parr

Push tacks into your leg until a line of tacks is made up your leg. (Wound by Mea­sure­ment 1., 1973
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120180 cm

Mike Parr

Leg Spi­ral, 1975
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

Totem Mur­der 1, 1975
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120120 cm

Mike Parr

Totem Mur­der 2, 1977
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Fam­i­ly under water, 1977
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Wrapped in my own Words, 1977
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120150 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
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Nose cone, 1977
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Shiv­er­ing, 1977
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

Blood Box, 2008
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150120 cm

Mike Parr

White, 2008
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

Best Man, Prim­i­tive Gifts, 2006
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

Prick Into I, 2004
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi (Demo­c­ra­t­ic Torture), 2003
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

Krushchev Mur­ders Beria, 2003
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

UnAus­tralian, 2003
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100180 cm

Mike Parr

Close the Con­cen­tra­tion Camps, 2002
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

Water from the Mouth, 2001
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120150 cm

Mike Parr

Boobial­la Couta, 1998
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120150 cm

Mike Parr

Female Fac­to­ry, 1998
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120180 cm

Mike Parr

Dead Sun, 1997
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120120 cm

Mike Parr

Por­trait of M & F, 1996
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150120 cm

Mike Parr

Unword (Father, Sis­ter, Jesus, Moth­er, Marx, Mir­ror, Arm, Word, God), 1996
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120120 cm

Mike Parr

Day Break, 1995
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Mike Parr

Black Leg (Mama/​Papa), 1993
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150120 cm

Mike Parr

Mother/​Father Self Portrait, 1993
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180120 cm

Mike Parr

The Emet­ics (Pri­ma­ry Vom­it): I am Sick of Art [Red, Yel­low and Blue] Blue, 1977
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120140 cm

Mike Parr

The Emet­ics (Pri­ma­ry Vom­it): I am Sick of Art [Red, Yel­low and Blue] Yellow, 1977
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120140 cm