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Title

The plague of fantasies 1

2010

Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2010
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    drypoint, angle grinding, scraping and relief on copper plates, printed in black ink and carborundum on 12 sheets of Hahnemuehle 350gsm paper
    Edition
    unique state
    Dimensions
    240.0 x 540.0 cm approx.
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated [part l] l.r., pencil "Parr 2010".
    Signed l.l. verso [part a], black crayon? "The plague/ of fantasies I/ 2010".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    220.2019.a-l
    Copyright
    © Mike Parr
    Artist information
    Mike Parr

    Works in the collection

    79

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  • About

    'Plague of fantasises 1' belongs to Mike Parr's 'Self-portrait project', an ongoing series of drawings and prints investigating self-representation. In this ambiguous image populated by multiple presences who may or may not represent the artist, Parr pictorially unpacks his conscious and unconscious selves.

    Parr's unorthodox and performative printmaking process is a feature of 'Plague of fantasises 1'. Here, Parr has incised the image into copper plates using needles and an angle grinder, and then printed the impression with ink and carborundum powder on paper with the assistance of his printmaker, John Loane. The carborundum powder mixed into the ink lends the final impression an alluring, shimmering quality.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Anita Taylor, Mike Parr, Katie Dyer and John Loane, Mike Parr: Brain coral, Sydney, 2012, 76-77 (colour illus.), 99, 101.

Other works by Mike Parr

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