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Title

Easter Island

2013

Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © Mike Parr
    Artist information
    Mike Parr

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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