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Title

The ventriloquist and his dummy

2000

Artists

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 –

John Loane

Australia

23 Jun 1950 –

Alternate image of The ventriloquist and his dummy by Mike Parr, John Loane
Alternate image of The ventriloquist and his dummy by Mike Parr, John Loane
Alternate image of The ventriloquist and his dummy by Mike Parr, John Loane
Alternate image of The ventriloquist and his dummy by Mike Parr, John Loane
  • Details

    Date
    2000
    Media categories
    Print , Drawing
    Materials used
    brush and red ink, woodblock print in yellow ink on Velin Arches 400 gsm paper bonded to canvas on aluminum
    Dimensions
    240.0 x 351.7 cm overall :

    a - panel 1, 239.8 x 88 cm

    b - panel 2, 239.9 x 88.1 cm

    c - panel 3, 240 x 87.8 cm

    d - panel 4, 239.9 x 87.8 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. [panel 4], pencil "Mike Parr 2000".

    Credit
    Gift of Danny Goldberg 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    119.2013.a-d
    Copyright
    © Mike Parr

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    Artist information
    Mike Parr

    Works in the collection

    79

    Artist information
    John Loane

    Works in the collection

    5

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  • About

    Drawing and printmaking have been a constant and important aspect of Mike Parr's practice from 1981 which is perhaps overshadowed, but nevertheless interrelated to, the artist's challenging performance art pieces from the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. 'The ventriloquist and his dummy' 2000, featured in the exhibition ...de Kooning, de Kooning... at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne in 2000 and belonging to Parr's ongoing 'Self Portrait Project' series (1982-present), continues the artist's meditation on the psychological, physical and social divisions between the 'self' and 'other'.

    Parr manifests this meditation in a self-portrait that does not distinguish the subject from its association. Four large sheets of aluminium mounted with paper on canvas are woodblock printed in yellow and orange ink. Expressionistically drawn underneath in brush and red ink on the first panel is an elongated cranium with extraterrestrial features. On the third and fourth panels amongst a scurry of gestural brush-marks and splatters materializes a second facial form. One cannot determine whether Parr has assumed the role of the puppeteer and/or puppet in this ambiguous image; we deliberate with the artist his true identity and representation.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

Other works by Mike Parr

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Other works by John Loane

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