Virtual Reality Art I——Erik Parker
City: Beijing
Duration: 2017-10-01 ~ 2017-10-27
Opening: SEPTEMBER 30, 4PM - 6PM
Venue: Faurschou Foundation
Address: 798 Art District
,No.2Jiuxianqiao Road
,Chaoyang District 
Participating Artist(s): Erik Parker

After a successful opening and exhibition period with Christian Lemmerz, Faurschou Foundation is pleased to present the next Virtual Reality artwork, Switchstance Bay, by Erik Parker from 01.10.17 - 27.10.17.

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.

Faurschou Foundation is glad to continue collaborating with Khora Contemporary after the well-received exhibition, New Media (Virtual Reality), in connection to the Venice Biennale 2017. Khora Contemporary was established in 2016 in Copenhagen and conducts extensive research on this progressive medium, and specializes in translating the vision of established and emerging artists into the language of Virtual Reality.

Erik Parker's Virtual Reality piece introduces viewers to the artist’s colourful universe, previously only seen in twodimensional 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).


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