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Title

Easter Island

2013


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

Mike Parr was one of the small group of conceptual artists that formed Inhibodress in Sydney in the early 1970s. It was a time when radical artists around the world were in contact with each other, sharing ideas and organising events, although the infrastructure was not yet in place for the incorporation of the avant-garde into the institutions of art. It was also a time when artists world-wide were politicised by Vietnam and the temperature of their work was often intense.

Against this background Parr travelled to work in Europe, where he came to know many of the leading conceptualists along with members of Fluxus and the Vienna Aktionists group in Austria. Although his work is incredibly diverse - performance and body art, drawing, printmaking, text-works, film, staged photography, minimal sculpture and figurative bronzes - the underlying structures remain the same. His self-portrait project is one that attempts to map the interactions of mind and body, the conscious and the unconscious.

It is not a solipsistic search for the self but rather an attempt to explore the human condition and how the personal informs the political. The basis of all these forms is performative; since the inception of the genre in the 16th century, self-portraits have always been some kind of performance as the artist attempts to project his or her place in the world.


Details


Date

2013


Media category

Print


Materials used

99 inkjet prints on Spectrum gloss paper


Edition

1 + 1 AP


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

18.2014


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

79


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Mike Parr: Easter Island, 'Mike Parr: Easter Island', Sydney, 2013, n.pag. (colour illus.). exhibition brochure

Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 'Portraits of the artist unmellowed', pg. 83, Sydney, 15 Nov 2013, 83.

Andrew Frost., theguardian.com/au, 'Mike Parr: Easter Island - review', Sydney, 11 Dec 2013, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 07.04.2014, http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/2013/dec/11/review-mike-parr-easter-island

Sammy Preston., Broadsheet Media, 'Mike Parr's Easter Island Portraits', Melbourne, 25 Nov 2013, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 07.04.2014, http://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/arts-and-entertainment/article/mike-parrs-easter-island-portraits

Andrew Taylor., smh.com.au, 'An uneasy island adventure with performance artist Mike Parr', Sydney, 15 Nov 2013, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 07.04.2014, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/an-uneasy-island-adventure-with-performance-artist-mike-parr-20131114-2xj9i.html

Michael Young., artasiapacific.com, 'Mike Parr Easter Island', New York, Unknown, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 07.04.2014, http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/WebExclusives/EasterIslandMikeParr