Erik Parker, ‘Crisis Creation’, 2008-2009, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated "Erik Parker 2008-9 "CRISIS CREATION"" on the overlap

New York, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Erik Parker: Crisis Creation, February 26 - March 28, 2009
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 40, p. 75 (illustrated)

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance, New York, 2012, n.p. (illustrated)

Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Erik Parker

Moving away from his text-based pieces of the late 1990s, in which he presented cartoonish maps and flow charts diagramming various cultural subcultures, Erik Parker has turned to eye-popping color and dizzying details in his recent paintings. “I just like things to be charged and relentless,” he declares. Global (2008–2009) exemplifies the forceful energy of his work. Seemingly in constant motion, the biomorphic head at the center of this painting is composed of a myriad of tiny dots, paisleys, teardrops, squiggles, and drips, in a rainbow of bright colors. Influenced by Picasso and Francis Bacon and their radical manipulations of the human form, Parker’s aim is to test how far he can go in the 21st century in taking the figure to the extremes of alteration.

German, b. 1968, Stuttgart, Germany, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

Los Angeles,
Erik Parker: New Magnetic Destiny

Group Shows

Virtual Reality Art

Fair History on Artsy

Pace Prints at The Armory Show 2018