Mike Parr’s Halfway House at Anna Schwartz Gallery
The artist and provocateur is back with another groundbreaking series of “blind” performances and new videos, paintings, photographs and sculptures.
Provocative performance and endurance artist Mike Parr once again takes over the Anna Schwartz Gallery. Known to have been painted with his own blood Foreign gaze and drawing blindfolded on the walls of the Schwartz Gallery to Kindness is so gangster, Parr’s latest exhibition, Halfway house, will transform the gallery into a series of four blind performances.
The three-month exhibition is a continuation of Towards an Amazonian black square, which Parr performed in his 2019 show Eternal opening. For this work, Parr climbed up and down a ladder painting black squares with his eyes closed, demonstrating his frustration and despair at the Amazon forest fires.
Blind performances in Halfway house will also be accompanied by some of the artist’s other static works, which talk about the different stages of the exhibition. These include video, painting, photography, and sculpture exploring Parr’s commitment to endurance performance.
As with his other works, Parr uses his body in Halfway house as a means of exploring relevant political conventions. The exhibition adds to the artist’s decade-long series, Self-portrait project, in which Parr analyzes his self-reflection through art.