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Erik Parker, Oh Yeah!, 2018, acrylic and collage on canvas, 68 x 68".

Erik Parker

Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea

Erik Parker, Oh Yeah!, 2018, acrylic and collage on canvas, 68 x 68".

Calibrated for maximum hallucinogenic effect, Erik Parker’s ultra-vivid, hyper-pictorial paintings go all out to grab and hold one’s attention. For this show, his first with Mary Boone, the artist’s hyperbolic solicitations came in three distinct forms—portraits, pyramids, and planks. The portrait paintings, of which there were five (three of solitary visages, one bearing two heads, and one comprising a group of four severely discombobulated busts), were either medium or large in scale, and constituted the most labor-intensive, complex, and accomplished works in the show. Each portrait was essentially a constellation of crisply rendered cartoon eyes, ears, mouths, and noses dispersed across vaguely face-shaped masses fashioned from geometric and biomorphic forms. These contours delineated vignette- or portal-like spaces that were then filled in with decorative patterning,

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