A collection of works by acclaimed Australian artist, Mike Parr are currently on show at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Darlington. Entitled Milk, the exhibition takes form as a photographic montage, documenting various performance, installation and pictorial works by the artist. Some particularly memorable represented pieces include the shocking Cathartic Action: Social Gestus No. 5, where Parr appears to be amputating his own arm by hacking into a prosthetic one, and the Emetics (Primary Vomit Series), which sees the artist vomiting a series of red, blue, and yellow paints. Parr is known for the masochistic nature of many of his performances with titles that are often very literal in meaning. These include Crush Some Meat in Your Hand, Pull Hairs in Your Armpit and Hold Your Breath Underwater for as Long as Possible.
Parr studied at Queensland University and East Sydney Technical College. He has been exhibiting his work for nearly 40 years, where it has appeared on both a local and international scale at institutions including the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan, the Guggenheim, New York and Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro. In 1997 he was awarded the Sponsor√≠s Prize at the Sapporo 4th International Print Biennale.