Studio Visit: Erik Parker

ep header Erik Parker was preparing for two solo shows, one in LA, and one in Fort Worth, when I visited his studio in Brooklyn.  Parker is known for making large scale paintings that are as comfortable with their roots as they are disorienting with their forms and spaces.  First you get a hug, and then a slap.  He said he wanted his paintings to still look good 40 years from now.  By reorienting Modernist and Pop sensibilities, and then almost using contrapposto to create a balanced but expressive distortion, Parker was remixing some old school classics — like flower still-lives– into something fresh.  His LA show is at Honor Fraser and opens on October 30th, and the Fort Worth show is at the Fort Worth Modern and opens on December 5th, and is curated by Andrea Karnes.

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He had a turn table and some sound equipment near the front door.

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This INVENTORY painting was awesome, it has a ton of little cartoon characters lined up.  Check out the geometric 3D effect around the word in the center of the painting.  There’s one little character that’s a shout-out to Erik’s friend KAWS.

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The artist, posing with a t-shirt that has a pyramid and the mark of the beast.

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Erik had great names for his colors.  Check out Smell Dick and Refugee, strangely they both make total sense to me.

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Painting in progress.  It had one coat of paint.  The white areas were bare canvas.

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The following two images skip forward in time, and show how the works looks today – about a month and a half later, nearly finished and ready to head out.

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  • The paintings are fantastic! Love how they come to life as you get closer. Excellent stuff!