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ERIK PARKER

BETWEEN LINES

509 West 24th Street

February 16 – March 8, 2008

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2008

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2008

 Installation View, 	Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2008

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2008

 Day In Day Out, 2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Day In Day Out, 2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

20 x 22 inches  50.8 x 55.9 cm

 Laced, 2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Laced, 2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

17 1/4 x 29 3/4 inches  43.8 x 75.6 cm

 Laced, 2008 [Detail], 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Laced, 2008 [Detail]

Acrylic and ink on paper

17 1/4 x 29 3/4 inches  43.8 x 75.6 cm

 Behold, 2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Behold, 2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

22 x 30 inches  55.9 x 76.2 cm

 Bonafide, 2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Bonafide, 2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 1/2 x 36 inches  77.5 x 91.4 cm

 Bonafide, 2008 [Detail], 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Bonafide, 2008 [Detail]

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 1/2 x 36 inches  77.5 x 91.4 cm

 Hydroglyphics, 2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Hydroglyphics, 2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

38 x 50 inches  96.5 x 127 cm

 Life Line, 2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Life Line, 2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

22 x 29 3/4 inches  55.9 x 75.6 cm

 Headfunds, 2007-2008, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Headfunds, 2007-2008

Acrylic and ink on paper

38 x 50 inches  96.5 x 127 cm

 Headfunds, 2007-2008 [Detail], 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Headfunds, 2007-2008 [Detail]

Acrylic and ink on paper

38 x 50 inches  96.5 x 127 cm

 Keep It Together, 2007, 	Acrylic and ink on paper

Keep It Together, 2007

Acrylic and ink on paper

39 x 29 inches  99.1 x 73.7 cm

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by Erik Parker entitled "Between Lines," in the project space.
For this group of drawings, Parker continues to mine the depths of underground comics and graffiti, satirizing pop culture references and creating a visual illustration of music. Here however Parker employs registers of figures, not unlike ancient hieroglyphics, to structure each work. Works like Bonafide team with psychedelic Central American pictograms. Elsewhere, figures in various states of debauchery or distress move through the registers: R2-D2, fire hydrants, one-eyed smokers and martini glasses all call for attention. Rhythmic bands of color frame the works and pulsate with the nervous energy of the characters.
In past paintings, drawings, words scrawled throughout the works alluded to recent news stories, favorite bands, or liner notes. Whereas previously words or phrases were incorporated to create the structure of a narrative, here text is used for titles that now simply point to the theme. Stem Sell, Laced, or Hidden Hierarchy could each refer to a political event or a global crisis, depending on how the viewer interprets the meaning. Coupled with the figures, "Between Lines" leaves it all up to the audience to read.
Erik Parker lives and works in New York. He has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia, most recently at the De Appel Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (solo); IVAM, Valencia; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina and The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 509 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For further information or images, please contact Annie Rana at 212.680.9889 or annie@marianneboeskygallery.com.