March 08, 2013

Erik Parker "Upswing Dub Project" exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Erik Parker
Upswing Dub Project

8 March - 13 April 2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Erik Parker's inaugural exhibition at Pace Prints, entitled Upswing Dub Project. The exhibition of new monoprints created in the Pace Editions studios in New York will be on view 8 March - 13 April, 2013, and an opening reception will be held Thursday 7 March, 6-8pm.

Erik Parker’s new series of unique prints are florid and densely packed with hand colored deviants; collaged rarities and other miscreations of Parker’s own invention. Spurring from the format of Egyptian friezes, the visual anarchy of these prints lives harmoniously within a highly organized architectural structure. Further within these works, Parker seems to riff on the traditional compositional style of portraiture and landscape paintings. Alongside his singularly unique gonzo iconography, Parker resurrects the flat trajectory of traditional still lives through his lens of black light posters in combination with his visually extremist treatment.

Traditionally known for his paintings, Parker has applied his signature painting style and neon palate to his printmaking technique. He has created unique works using a wide range of printmaking techniques combinatively; such as screen printing, relief printing, and intaglio with additional hand coloring and collaged elements. He uses his unique architecture of information and color palate, pushing each piece to its optical extreme.

Erik Parker’s oeuvre feeds on the fringes of incendiary subculture and disregarded history to create a uniquely zealous body of work. His references span from the deep and dark corners of the carefully mannered art world to the more esoteric branches of culture such as inglorious comic books, unsung hip hop heroes, and freakish, hallucinatory imagery from the drug-fueled political past. Parker’s amalgamation of all these elements creates something visually guerillistic; an optical colloquialism through his use of vibrant color and seemingly endless dimension-bending shapes.

Pace Prints
521 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
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