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Title

House of cards

2004

Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 –

Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
Alternate image of House of cards by Mike Parr
  • Details

    Date
    2004
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    16mm film shown as single channel digital video, black and white, sound
    Edition
    AP, from an edition of 3 + 2 AP
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:29:40 min continuous, aspect ratio: 16:9
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Mike Parr 21.10.2019".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    216.2019
    Copyright
    © Mike Parr

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    Artist information
    Mike Parr

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'House of cards' was an intensely psychological performance carried out by Mike Parr in private at Artspace, Sydney on 2 May 2004. With his print work '(ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE) Black Box of 100 Self Portrait Etchings', Parr sat on the gallery floor and clumsily constructed a house of cards, a game he recalls playing with his siblings as a child. Parr’s regressive enactment 'transcends the self-portrait image' by seemingly channelling the repressed Id, buried deep within his unconscious.

    'House of card's is a black and white video, digitised from Mark Bliss's 16mm film recording of the performance. An edition of '(ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE)' is held within the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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