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the merriest

Mar 23 -  April 21, 2018

 
 
antibody banner - installation view
 
 
back gallery - installation view
 

Miranda Parkes is a self-described maximalist. This doesn’t mean we see everything bar the kitchen sink, for she is a thoughtful artist – a canny operator even. But what it does mean is that she seeks in her work a directness of expression, handles a range of materials with mighty honesty, and tends to a palette that is exuberant and high key.

The merrier was her Frances Hodgkins Fellowship show at the Hocken in 2017. This is the merriest. It is a re-iteration of that earlier exhibition but with additional work. For this is not the abstraction of pared back modernism - it is wonderfully democratic and happily inclusive. The merriest includes a range of beautifully sewn hand-dyed silks: the elegant diptych display table liners and antibody banner which here roams 8.2 metres along the south wall. It includes “the mash-ups” as Parkes calls them, a vibrant suite of two-sided paintings created out of papier-mâché. Upon these Parkes has unleashed her full range of mark-making skills, from line carefully masked and playfully poured, to colour fields densely layered and more transparent, and to other areas lightly angle-sprayed. Images from a book on Versailles are deftly manipulated. Even two of “baby-daddy’s dropsheets” are stretched, retouched and made into paintings.
 
Versailles (detail)
 
So life corrals art here and vice-versa – a process which is serious fun. The standing series of sculptures called inclusions embody this attitude. On spindly stands almost begging to topple, Parkes places paint wads dug out of trays and near-empty paint tins. Some of the skins drape. Some are thicker, stiff and look almost edible. One can but smile…
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inclusions (detail)
    inclusions (detail)    inclusions (detail)
 
 

Installation views - front gallery

 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installation view
 

Installation views - back gallery

 
back gallery - installation view
 
Versailles - installation view
 
 
back gallery - installation view
 
 

Selected works

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miss thing
      Papatūānuku piece       sugar
 
present tenses
       robbing peter       raw celestial
 
 
antibody banner (detail)
 
 
 
display table liners
 
 
all nighter
   bone jumper     air jewel
 
 
baby-daddy drop sheet: xerox
 
 
baby-daddy drop sheet: cosmic
 
 
your proof
      normal miracle       underwater creature adventure
 
 
going hard
     Formosa
 
 

List of works

antibody banner, 2017
hand dyed silk      8200 x 2730mm      poa

display table liners, 2017 (2 pieces)
hand dyed silk and cotton      approx 1600 x 2100mm      $7500

inclusions, 2017 (floor work - 11 pieces)
acrylic on glass and steel stands      dimensions variable      $7500

baby-daddy drop sheet: xerox, 2017
fence stain, acrylic & varnish on canvas      2200 x 1790mm      $7500

baby daddy drop sheet: cosmic, 2017
fence stain and acrylic on canvas      1800 x 1800mm      $6500

going hard, 2018
acrylic on canvas      700 x 700 x 280mm      $7500

Formosa, 2018
acrylic on canvas      700 x 700 x 280mm      $7500

all nighter, 2017
acrylic on papier-mâché      730 x 650mm      $2750

bone jumper / max key, 2017
acrylic on papier-mâché      730 x 650mm      $2750

air jewel / trans phats, 2017
acrylic on papier-mâché      730 x 650mm      $2750

rush, 2018
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      650 x 500mm      $2750

under the pump / pink boi, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      650 x 500mm      $2750

raw celestial / the maximalist, 2017
acrylic on papier-mâché      350 x 290mm      $1800

miss thing / mou mou, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      250 x 200mm      $1800

Papatūānuku piece / weekend press, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      250 x 200mm      $1800

present tenses / wilke’s land, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      350 x 290mm      $1800

your proof, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      350 x 290mm      $1800

underwater creature adventure, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      245 x 245mm      $1800

normal miracle / Charlie Brown, 2017
acrylic and indian ink on papier-mâché      250 x 200mm      $1800

sugar / and spice, 2017
acrylic and watercolour on papier-mâché      250 x 200mm       $1800

robbing peter / department of the interior, 2017
acrylic, enamel and indian ink on papier-mâché      350 x 290mm      $1800

Versailles, 2016
acrylic & ink on book pages, 1 - 22      180 x 115 / 180 x 180 / 180 x 225mm      $150 ea

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