MIKE PARR | SUNSET CLAWS | PART 2
An exhibition in 3 parts Part 2: Memories of Underdevelopment 16 — 25 November 202 […]Read More
An exhibition in 3 parts
Part 2: Memories of Underdevelopment
16 — 25 November 2023
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Memories of Underdevelopment is the second stage of the 3 part exhibition, SUNSET CLAWS. 36 black and white negative “photodrawings” are installed 2 deep in Gallery 1, the ground floor of Anna Schwartz Gallery.
In these works, ‘Remnants’ of the Self Portrait Project from the first, done in 1982 to those from the end of the century, Parr is as much interested in the connection as the disconnection between these drawings. They are all involuntary forms of the Self Portrait Project, images which have floated to the surface in the aftermath of many years: these are all originals despite the use of photography; they are completed by the displacement of the medium.
Under and over exposures are a crucial aspect of the individual drawings and of the field as a whole. The originals were drawn on sheets of A4 typing paper and on past drawing boards. At various times Parr has made photographs of drawings, particularly small drawings submerged in the morass of the drawing boards, to isolate them for future thought. Memories of Underdevelopment is a “long durée” selection of 35 negatives that have been scanned to a high level and printed in the final form as drawings much bigger than the originals; those studies, now dispersed or lost.