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  • Provenance

    Paolo Curti / Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co, Milan

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Paolo Curti/AnnaMaria Gambuzzi & Co., Erik Parker This Bitch of A Life,
    May 20-June 21, 2003

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jorge Luis Borges once wrote of a fantastical dream map, itself as large in surface as the area it delineated. Erik Parker, a German-born painter living in New York, likewise traffics in maps and dreams, but he has done Borges one better: his immense, graphic, and boldly colorful paintings are pychedelia-imbued charts of our swirling, churning cultural and historical flotsam and jetsam that coalesce into faintly recognizable shapes; maps not large enough to cover the surface of our land but rather ones that penetrate deep enough to construct a physical topography from bits and pieces of our collective cultural consciousness.

    Untitled (Ants Were Your From Its Where Youre At) (2003) is a map of America, a “patchwork of words, dreams, and human experiences,” writes the artist. The result of exhaustive historical study and a voracious appetite for cultural trivia, Parker’s composition is akin to genealogical studies arranged geographically, a free-associative composite landscape of Americana filtered through the sample-happy postmodern methodology of hip-hop and bathed in the day-glo palette of graffiti. Executed in paint with the exacting precision of a pen, Untitled is a painstakingly rendered national portrait colored by the vision of a man who paints America for what it is—colorful, contradictory, frenzied, beautiful and even surreal—rather than what it looks like.


Untitled (Ants Were Your From Its Where Youre At)

Oil, felt-tip marker, and acrylic on canvas.

108 x 131 in. (274.3 x 332.7 cm).
Signed and dated “2003 Erik Parker” on the overlap; also signed, titled and dated “'AntsWereYour From ItsWhereYoure At' 2003 Erik Parker” on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a photograph signed by the artist.

£20,000 - 30,000 

The Marino Golinelli Collection

13 October 2007, 1pm