Rose Farrell / George Parkin, Self Portrait #4, 2006. Type-C Colour Photograph, 60 x 80 cm. Courtesy: the artists and ARC ONE, Melbourne.
ARC ONE Gallery presents Rose & George, a survey of Rose Farrell & George Parkin’s provocative and visionary collaborative practice.
Rose Farrell (1949 – 2015) and George Parkin (1949 – 2012) are recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most significant and pioneering collaborative partnerships. Their united vision and collaborative mind pushed the boundaries of photographic portraiture and video art throughout the three decades of their practice.
This exhibition surveys Farrell & Parkin’s oeuvre through selected key works from major series produced between the mid-80s and 2011, including Repentance (1988), Black Room (1992-93), Pulleys Dislocations and Counterweights (1997-98), A Thousand Golden Remedies (2000), Self Portraits (2003-06), Random Acts (2004), Chinese Self Portraits (2006-09), and Curious Evolution (2008-11).
Linking performance, photography, illustration and sculpture, Farrell & Parkin’s elaborately constructed photographic tableaux contemplate the history of the body and mind. Drawing on a myriad of cultural and historical references – from Renaissance and Baroque religious iconography, cinema traditions, myth, and the healing focus of archaic Eastern and Western medical practices and psychiatry – these works explore the mysteries and uncertainties of the human psyche and the fragility of our existence; articulating what Farrell & Parkin have described as, ‘the perilous journey that humans take throughout life’.
Exhibition opens: Tuesday 25 June 2019