March 1, 2013
Pace Prints is presenting Upswing Dub Project, an exhibition of new monoprints by Erik Parker, created in the Pace Editions studios in New York. The project will be on view March 8 - April 13. The new sereis features unique prints, florid and densely packed with hand colored deviants, collaged rarities and other miscreations of Parker's own invention. Parker is featured in the April 2013 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.
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.
Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1968 and received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1996 from University of Texas in Austin, TX and his Master in Fine Arts form SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY. He has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Tokyo, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Parker's works have been included in many public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Yale University Art Gallery, RISD Museum of Art, and the Hammer Museum. Parker currently lives and works in New York City.