- Media category
- Materials used
- drypoint, angle grinding, scraping and relief on copper plates, printed in black ink and carborundum on 12 sheets of Hahnemuehle 350gsm paper
- unique state
- 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".
- Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
- Contemporary galleries
- Accession number
- © Mike Parr
- Artist information
Works in the collection
'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.
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Mike Parr: The hallelujah chorus, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Melbourne, 24 Jun 2010–24 Jul 2010
Mike Parr: Brain coral, National Art School, Darlinghurst, 24 Feb 2012–14 Apr 2012
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Australia, 27 Jul 2012–16 Sep 2012
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, 24 Nov 2012–06 Jan 2013
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery, Coffs Harbour, 13 Jan 2013–24 Feb 2013
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 08 Mar 2013–14 Apr 2013
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, 26 Apr 2013–02 Jun 2013
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 14 Jun 2013–21 Jul 2013
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Toowomba Regional Art Gallery, , 29 Jul 2013–15 Sep 2013
Mike Parr: Brain coral, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville, 11 Oct 2013–17 Nov 2013
From Here, for Now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Nov 2022–12 Feb 2023
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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