Erik Parker, ‘Switchstance Bay’ , 2016

Erik Parker’s Virtual Reality piece introduces viewers to the artist’s colourful universe, previously only seen in two-dimensional form. Switchstance Bay unfolds Parker’s tropical universe from 2014, Foreign Resistance. When entering the realm of Virtual Reality, the participants find themselves in a lush surrounding with popping, unnatural colours – an artificial paradise, fresh out of Parker’s imagination. New technology finally makes it possible to create a space where the viewer may enter Parker’s fascinating, surreal world. However, the scene quickly turns into a dystopia, as one realizes this virtual reality might be our future, as a consequence of the global climate changes and environmental problems.

Erik Parker was born in 1968, Stuttgart, Germany, but later moved to San Antonio, Texas. He currently lives and works in New York. Parker attended the University of Texas in Austin before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from Purchase College in New York. Erik Parker is known for his precisely painted and organized worlds of chaos that exist within his brightly coloured, intensely layered, highly saturated canvases, that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. Parker draws his inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture – psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal, as well as Picasso, Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein. He was included in the first Greater New York show at MoMA PS1 in 2000, and had solo exhibitions at The Cornerhouse Gallery (Manchester, England), De Appel (Amsterdam), the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth (Texas), Colette (Paris), Honor Fraser (Los Angeles), and Galleri Faurschou (Copenhagen, Denmark).

The overall exhibition, Virtual Reality Art, will be exhibited in Beijing from August 27, 2017 to February 3, 2018, and will consist of 5 consecutive “sub-exhibitions” for each participating artist: Christian Lemmerz, Erik Parker, Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler and Yu Hong. Each artwork will be exhibited for a one-month period with complementary sketches, books and artworks for each of the artists and their respective Virtual Reality pieces.



Switchstance Bay’ 2016    A Virtual Reality artwork
Sound design: Anders Bjørn Rørbæk Pedersen
© Erik Parker and Khora Contemporary
Courtesy the artist and Khora Contemporary
01.10.17 – 27.10.17

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