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 1: Dirty Blanket
28 September – 8 November 2023
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Mike Parr, email, 28 July 2023
″…I completed Dirty Blanket a week or so before we flew out to Vancouver. I’m glad I did. No way I’d be able to return to it now. It feels complete, detached in my mind now. I no longer have the urge to paint over it so not doing that really simplifies Stage 1 of the show. I am though, including another work to be installed on the long wall opposite. It’s a framed inverted photograph of Tim & me. The same badly worn photograph that appears in the box with all the drawing boards, which I used repeatedly as the basis for nearly every drawing. IAS are about to get back to me with a delivery date for the framed photograph which will arrive at the gallery before we leave.
The 3 channel Toss a Camera to a Curator completes Stage 1 upstairs. I’m really looking forward to seeing that, but since we don’t get back from Europe until 16 October Rob & Renarto will have to install Stage 1 in my absence. Tess & I plan to drive to Melbourne to arrive Thursday 9 November. We’ll stay on at our favourite spot in Brighton until Tuesday 14 November. This will give both of us the chance to see Stage 1 before it comes down and to see Stage 2 as it goes up, not to mention the chance to have a sort of belated opening dinner with you & Morry.
On Saturday 11 November Gotaro & I perform and video Falling Self Portrait. [Covid meant that we missed the chance to do that piece in 2021].
The next visit in relation to this exhibition doesn’t need to occur until the end of November. Tess & I will drive down then to arrive in Melbourne Thursday 30thleaving again Wednesday 6 December. This will give us a chance to drive out to see John’s print show.
On Saturday 2nd December Gotaro & I will perform & video Going Home [Inverted Mountain]. I’ll bring all the paint with me and hope that Rob & Renarto will be free to work with Gotaro & me to do the piece. This work seems to me to be the chance to take blind painting to another stage. A performance, but this time out of performance a painting; a painting more deeply imagined in colour than any of the previous works including Painting the Australian Flag blind which only deployed color instrumentally.
Each of the stages of this exhibition have additional works to accompany and extend the metaphorical heft of the works downstairs, so the upstairs very important. I think wonderful to include as part of Stage 3 The Montage in Space & Time 1971 – 2023 as 4 windows opening on one large screen. I’m also going to produce a new silkscreen print to be framed and installed on the end wall downstairs, to complete something that I feel will emerge through the huge blind painting.
I’m very enthusiastic about this end of year show. I think all the travelling & looking at art has made me very sure about what we are doing.
What do you think of the overall title? Sunset Claws. It’s kind of annoyingly cynical, but it’s got the right level of ironical detachment. It continues to irritate me, but I keep coming back to it…”