Mike Parr
The Gold­en Age

27th August – 22nd October 2011
Anna Schwartz Gallery Carriageworks

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”. (Mike Parr)

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.

Images

Mike Parr

The Gold­en Age, 2011
instal­la­tion view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carriageworks
Pho­to: Paul Green

Mike Parr

The Gold­en Age, 2011
instal­la­tion view, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Carriageworks
Pho­to: Paul Green

Mike Parr

Big­ness of a Head, 2011
acrylic, pas­tel, char­coal pen­cil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Blood in Black, 2011
acrylic mixed with pas­tel, char­coal, char­coal pen­cil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Blutwurst, 2011
ink mixed with acrylic, acrylic, pas­tel, char­coal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153230 cm

Mike Parr

Duck Down, 2011
char­coal pen­cil, water­colour, pas­tel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Dumb­found­ed, 2011
char­coal pen­cil, acrylic, pas­tel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

High Tal­ians, 2011
acrylic, pas­tel, ink, water­colour on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Mat­ted anti-Matted, 2011
Ink mixed with acrylic, acrylic, pas­tel, char­coal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

The Colos­sal Child, 2011
Acrylic, pas­tel, char­coal pen­cil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

The Not Yet, 2011
Acrylic, pas­tel, ink, char­coal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153229 cm

Mike Parr

Wound Slash Wound, 2011
pas­tel, water­colour, ink, char­coal pen­cil on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford water­colour paper
153229.5 cm

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
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Jack­son Pol­lock the Female, 2011
Acrylic, pas­tel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153250 cm

Mike Parr

Lenin­ist Leering, 2011
Acrylic, char­coal pen­cil, pas­tel, acrylic lay­ers on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Lunatic Fringe, 2011
Ink mixed with acrylic, acrylic, pas­tel, char­coal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153250 cm

Mike Parr

Moun­tains of Sand, 2011
Char­coal pen­cil, acrylic, water­colour, pas­tel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153232 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
153235 cm

Mike Parr

Rule Fol­low­ing, 2011
Pas­tel, acrylic, char­coal, ink mixed with acrylic on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153235 cm

Mike Parr

The Orse is Dropped, 2011
Acrylic, pas­tel, char­coal on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153250 cm

Mike Parr

Vue du Monde, 2011
Acrylic, ink mixed with acrylic, pas­tel on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153250 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, 236534 cm overall

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, 236532 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, 236444 cm overall

Mike Parr

Bourrh Gun­gas, 2011
Char­coal, pas­tel, water­colour, ink on 425gsm Cold Pressed Saun­ders Water­ford Water­colour Paper
153250 cm