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Title

Black Box: Theatre of Self Correction, Part 1. Performances 1-6, 3rd Biennale of Sydney, April-May 1979

1979


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

Photographer: John Delacour


Details


Date

1979


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

28 Cibachrome photographs


Dimensions

a - Performance No 1. [Birds]; 35.9 x 29.3 cm; image

a - Performance No 1. [Birds]; 40.6 x 30 cm; sheet

b - Performance No 1. [chair with blue background]; 36 x 29.3 cm; image

b - Performance No 1. [chair with blue background]; 38.3 x 30.6 cm; sheet

c - Performance No 1. [Mike Parr -profile]; 35.5 x 29.5 cm; image

c - Performance No 1. [Mike Parr -profile]; 41 x 30.5 cm; sheet

d - Performance No 1. [Geoff Parr -profile]; 35 x 29.2 cm; image

d - Performance No 1. [Geoff Parr -profile]; 39.1 x 30.3 cm; sheet

e - Performance No 2. [Mike Parr on table]; 29.6 x 36 cm; image

e - Performance No 2. [Mike Parr on table]; 30.6 x 38.6 cm; sheet

f - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr on table]; 24.2 x 35 cm; image

f - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr on table]; 30.6 x 41.9 cm; sheet

g - Performance No 2. [mirror on red background]; 35.7 x 29 cm; image

g - Performance No 2. [mirror on red background]; 37.2 x 30.4 cm; sheet

h - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr in ice]; 35.2 x 28.7 cm; image

h - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr in ice]; 40.5 x 29.9 cm; sheet

i - Performance No 3. [oil spill on plastic]; 35.9 x 29.5 cm; image

i - Performance No 3. [oil spill on plastic]; 37.9 x 30.4 cm; sheet

j - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr, reflection in mirror; 36 x 29.5 cm; image

j - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr, reflection in mirror; 40.4 x 30.7 cm; sheet

k - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr and chickens, reflect; 38.8 x 29.5 cm; image

k - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr and chickens, reflect; 40.8 x 30.4 cm; sheet

l - Performance No 3. [Julie Parr and chickens, reflec; 29.5 x 35.8 cm; image

l - Performance No 3. [Julie Parr and chickens, reflec; 30.4 x 41 cm; sheet

m - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr covered in plastic sh; 36 x 29.8 cm; image

m - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr covered in plastic sh; 41.2 x 30.5 cm; sheet

n - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr foreground, Julie Par; 36 x 29.2 cm; image

n - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr foreground, Julie Par; 40 x 30.6 cm; sheet

o - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr and oil spill]; 35.8 x 29.8 cm; image

o - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr and oil spill]; 38 x 30.8 cm; sheet

p - Performance No 4. [oil spill]; 35.7 x 28.8 cm; image

p - Performance No 4. [oil spill]; 37.6 x 30.1 cm; sheet

q - Performance No 4. [Geoff Parr]; 36 x 29.5 cm; image

q - Performance No 4. [Geoff Parr]; 41 x 30.4 cm; sheet

r - Performance No 5. [baby on right hand side]; 36.2 x 29.5 cm; image

r - Performance No 5. [baby on right hand side]; 42 x 30.4 cm; sheet

s - Performance No 5. [Geoff Parr]; 29.5 x 36 cm; image

s - Performance No 5. [Geoff Parr]; 30 x 40.4 cm; sheet

t - Performance No 5. [male figure on chair]; 36 x 29.5 cm; image

t - Performance No 5. [male figure on chair]; 40.3 x 30.5 cm; sheet

u - Performance No 5. [baby and chair, mirror in backg; 35.8 x 29.3 cm; image

u - Performance No 5. [baby and chair, mirror in backg; 37.6 x 30.2 cm; sheet

v - Performance No 5. [Mike Parr on chair]; 36.2 x 29.4 cm; image

v - Performance No 5. [Mike Parr on chair]; 42.9 x 30.4 cm; sheet

w - Performance No 6. [Geoff and Julie Parr hanging ba; 29.2 x 35.3 cm; image

w - Performance No 6. [Geoff and Julie Parr hanging ba; 30.3 x 40.8 cm; sheet

x - Performance No 6. [Geoff Parr hanging banner]; 29.8 x 36 cm; image

x - Performance No 6. [Geoff Parr hanging banner]; 30 x 40.6 cm; sheet

y - Performance No 6. [Julie Parr sitting on chair]; 29.3 x 36 cm; image

y - Performance No 6. [Julie Parr sitting on chair]; 30.5 x 37.2 cm; sheet

z - Performance No 6. [body on floor in foreground]; 29.5 x 35.6 cm; image

z - Performance No 6. [body on floor in foreground]; 30.6 x 40.3 cm; sheet

aa - Performance No 6. [Julie and Geoff Parr sitting on; 35.7 x 29.5 cm; image

aa - Performance No 6. [Julie and Geoff Parr sitting on; 40.8 x 30 cm; sheet

bb - Performance No 6. [bound body]; 35.7 x 25.5 cm; image

bb - Performance No 6. [bound body]; 42 x 30.5 cm; sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. window mount [nos.a-bb], ink "...Mike Parr.../.../...April/ May 1979".


Credit

Purchased 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

37.1980.a-bb


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

89


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


David Bromfield, Identities: A critical study of the work of Mike Parr 1970-1990, 3: 'Theatre of Self Correction', p119-220, Nedlands, 1991, 168 (illus.), 207-210 (colour illus.).

Charles Green, Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, 'Living in the seventies', p5-20, Unknown, 1991, 11 (illus.), 17 (colour illus.). cat. no. 122, It is not known which works from the Black Box series were actually shown in this exhibition.

Bernice Murphy, The Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, 'Mike Parr', Sydney, 1987, 73 (illus.). This work was not in the exhibition but is illustrated in the catalogue.

Bernice Murphy, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Contemporary Art - Australian, European and American', pg. 37-46, Sydney, 1981, 38, 43 (illus.). cat.no. 10

Gael Newton, Re-constructed Vision: Contemporary work with photography, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). cat.no.36, Four cibachrome photographs were used from the series of 28 but it is not sure which four.