Mike PARRJohn LOANEVIRIDIAN PRESSMike PARRVIRIDIAN PRESS, Dirty manna Enlarge 1 /1

Mike PARR

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1945

  • Europe 1973
  • 1977-78

John LOANE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1950

printer

VIRIDIAN PRESS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia commenced 1988

print workshop (organisation)

Mike PARR

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1945

co-publisher

  • Europe 1973
  • 1977-78

VIRIDIAN PRESS

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia commenced 1988

co-publisher (organisation)

Dirty manna [Bad manna] 2000 Description: series of [14] prints.

Collection Title: Dirty manna: Melbourne, 2000.
Page: parts 1-14
Place made: Viridian Press, 11 Dickens Road, Olinda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper woodcuts, printed in red ink, each from one block Support: wove Velin Arches 400 gsm paper
Edition State: unique state
Impression: 1/1
Edition: 2nd version, edition of 1

Edition Notes: The first edition was printed as [14] sheets; the second edition consisted of [12] larger sheets [John Loane].
Dimensions: printed image (overall) 240.0 h x 630.0 w cm sheet (overall) 240.0 h x 630.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Linda Gregoriou and Dale Jones-Evans, 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.92.A-N
Provenance:
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Linda Gregoriou and Dale Jones-Evans, Sydney, 2008.

Born in Sydney in 1945, Mike Parr is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most important and challenging artists. His oeuvre encompasses performance, film and video, sculpture and installation, printmaking and drawing. Parr’s first prints were created in 1987 when the National Gallery of Australia commissioned him to produce a print for the Bicentenary Authority. Parr’s rapport with the processes of printmaking was instantaneous and the dynamic collaboration with printer John Loane has endured to this day – firstly at the Victorian Print Workshop and then at Loane’s Viridian Press in Melbourne (and now Canberra). Foundation Annual Report 2007–08 33

Together they have created over a thousand prints, including this large-scale print Dirty manna 2000. Carved into fourteen woodblocks and printed in a visceral coloured ink, the work references the social significance of food. Manna was the food the Israelites ate as they wandered the desert, and the title continues Parr’s linguistic playfulness as ‘dirty manna’ sounds like ‘dirty manner’. In recent years Parr has expanded the scale and used more radical means of making prints, such as dragging them along concrete or using an electric angle grinder to achieve a heavier and more textured line.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra