Mike Parr

(Australia 1945 – )

Easter Island

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
2013
Media
Print
Medium
99 inkjet prints on Spectrum gloss paper
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales 2014
Accession number
18.2014
Copyright
© Mike Parr