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Title

Black Box: Theatre of Self Correction, Part 1. Performances 1-6, 3rd Biennale of Sydney, April-May 1979

1979


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

Photographer: John Delacour


Details


Date

1979


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

28 Cibachrome photographs


Dimensions

a - Performance No 1. [Birds], 35.9 x 29.3 cm, image

a - Performance No 1. [Birds], 40.6 x 30 cm, sheet

b - Performance No 1. [chair with blue background], 36 x 29.3 cm, image

b - Performance No 1. [chair with blue background], 38.3 x 30.6 cm, sheet

c - Performance No 1. [Mike Parr -profile], 35.5 x 29.5 cm, image

c - Performance No 1. [Mike Parr -profile], 41 x 30.5 cm, sheet

d - Performance No 1. [Geoff Parr -profile], 35 x 29.2 cm, image

d - Performance No 1. [Geoff Parr -profile], 39.1 x 30.3 cm, sheet

e - Performance No 2. [Mike Parr on table], 29.6 x 36 cm, image

e - Performance No 2. [Mike Parr on table], 30.6 x 38.6 cm, sheet

f - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr on table], 24.2 x 35 cm, image

f - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr on table], 30.6 x 41.9 cm, sheet

g - Performance No 2. [mirror on red background], 35.7 x 29 cm, image

g - Performance No 2. [mirror on red background], 37.2 x 30.4 cm, sheet

h - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr in ice], 35.2 x 28.7 cm, image

h - Performance No 2. [Julie Parr in ice], 40.5 x 29.9 cm, sheet

i - Performance No 3. [oil spill on plastic], 35.9 x 29.5 cm, image

i - Performance No 3. [oil spill on plastic], 37.9 x 30.4 cm, sheet

j - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr, reflection in mirror], 36 x 29.5 cm, image

j - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr, reflection in mirror], 40.4 x 30.7 cm, sheet

k - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr and chickens, reflection in morror], 38.8 x 29.5 cm, image

k - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr and chickens, reflection in morror], 40.8 x 30.4 cm, sheet

l - Performance No 3. [Julie Parr and chickens, reflection in morror], 29.5 x 35.8 cm, image

l - Performance No 3. [Julie Parr and chickens, reflection in morror], 30.4 x 41 cm, sheet

m - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr covered in plastic sheet with chickens], 36 x 29.8 cm, image

m - Performance No 3. [Mike Parr covered in plastic sheet with chickens], 41.2 x 30.5 cm, sheet

n - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr foreground, Julie Parr background], 36 x 29.2 cm, image

n - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr foreground, Julie Parr background], 40 x 30.6 cm, sheet

o - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr and oil spill], 35.8 x 29.8 cm, image

o - Performance No 4. [Mike Parr and oil spill], 38 x 30.8 cm, sheet

p - Performance No 4. [oil spill], 35.7 x 28.8 cm, image

p - Performance No 4. [oil spill], 37.6 x 30.1 cm, sheet

q - Performance No 4. [Geoff Parr], 36 x 29.5 cm, image

q - Performance No 4. [Geoff Parr], 41 x 30.4 cm, sheet

r - Performance No 5. [baby on right hand side], 36.2 x 29.5 cm, image

r - Performance No 5. [baby on right hand side], 42 x 30.4 cm, sheet

s - Performance No 5. [Geoff Parr], 29.5 x 36 cm, image

s - Performance No 5. [Geoff Parr], 30 x 40.4 cm, sheet

t - Performance No 5. [male figure on chair], 36 x 29.5 cm, image

t - Performance No 5. [male figure on chair], 40.3 x 30.5 cm, sheet

u - Performance No 5. [baby and chair, mirror in background], 35.8 x 29.3 cm, image

u - Performance No 5. [baby and chair, mirror in background], 37.6 x 30.2 cm, sheet

v - Performance No 5. [Mike Parr on chair], 36.2 x 29.4 cm, image

v - Performance No 5. [Mike Parr on chair], 42.9 x 30.4 cm, sheet

w - Performance No 6. [Geoff and Julie Parr hanging banner], 29.2 x 35.3 cm, image

w - Performance No 6. [Geoff and Julie Parr hanging banner], 30.3 x 40.8 cm, sheet

x - Performance No 6. [Geoff Parr hanging banner], 29.8 x 36 cm, image

x - Performance No 6. [Geoff Parr hanging banner], 30 x 40.6 cm, sheet

y - Performance No 6. [Julie Parr sitting on chair], 29.3 x 36 cm, image

y - Performance No 6. [Julie Parr sitting on chair], 30.5 x 37.2 cm, sheet

z - Performance No 6. [body on floor in foreground], 29.5 x 35.6 cm, image

z - Performance No 6. [body on floor in foreground], 30.6 x 40.3 cm, sheet

aa - Performance No 6. [Julie and Geoff Parr sitting on chairs, faces obscured], 35.7 x 29.5 cm, image

aa - Performance No 6. [Julie and Geoff Parr sitting on chairs, faces obscured], 40.8 x 30 cm, sheet

bb - Performance No 6. [bound body], 35.7 x 25.5 cm, image

bb - Performance No 6. [bound body], 42 x 30.5 cm, sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. window mount [nos.a-bb], ink "...Mike Parr.../.../...April/ May 1979".


Credit

Purchased 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

37.1980.a-bb


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

64


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Charles Green, Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, 'Living in the seventies', p5-20, Unknown, 1991, 11 (illus.), 17 (colour illus.). cat. no. 122, It is not known which works from the Black Box series were actually shown in this exhibition.

Bernice Murphy, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Contemporary Art - Australian, European and American', pg. 37-46, Sydney, 1981, 38, 43 (illus.). cat.no. 10

Bernice Murphy, The Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, 'Mike Parr', Sydney, 1987, 73 (illus.). This work was not in the exhibition but is illustrated in the catalogue.

Identities: A critical study of the work of Mike Parr 1970-1990, 3: 'Theatre of Self Correction', p119-220, Nedlands, 1991, 168 (illus.), 207-210 (colour illus.).

Re-constructed Vision: Contemporary work with photography, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). cat.no.36, Four cibachrome photographs were used from the series of 28 but it is not sure which four.