Mike Parr: Edelweiß

Ver­lag fur Mod­erne Kunst

2012, Eng­lish and Ger­man
Soft­cov­er, 216 pages, 2821 cm
Pub­lished by Ver­lag fur Mod­erne Kun­st, Nurn­berg, Ger­many
Authors: Anne Marsh, Gre­go­ry L. Wild­ing, Synne Genzmer
Cura­tor: Synne Genzmer

Pub­lished on the occa­sion of the exhi­bi­tion held at Kun­sthalle Wien, Vien­na, 7 Novem­ber 2012 – 24 Feb­ru­ary 2013

Mike Parr takes his own iden­ti­ty as a start­ing point and unfolds a both con­fronta­tion­al and mys­ti­cal artis­tic lan­guage of the rad­i­cal that revolves around the psy­cho-social dimen­sions of the self and the com­mu­ni­ty, sub­jec­tiv­i­ty and mem­o­ry, the issue of human exis­tence and its con­trol. Mike Parr relies on shock, pain, dis­gust, and taboo to acti­vate the pub­lic and to stim­u­late it to dis­cuss issues of art and ethics. Edel­weiss accom­pa­nies Par­r’s first major ret­ro­spec­tive and includes exten­sive doc­u­men­ta­tion of his per­for­mances as well as draw­ings, graph­ic works and scripts.