ICONS Parker Day Photo Show, Los Angeles, Saturday, 04. February 2017

February 4th - February 26th, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4th, 7 - 11pm

Superchief Gallery LA
739 Kohler St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Superchief Gallery LA is proud to present ICONS, a solo exhibition of 100 portraits by Parker Day. The images of ICONS burst forth from the seamy underbelly of life in an explosion of lurid technicolor with a cast of characters played by club kids, internet personalities, and self-professed freaks. The un-retouched grit and grain of 35mm film packages fantastical content in palpable reality. Identity, and our ability to shape how we’re seen and in turn who we are, is central to the work. It’s communicated through costuming, symbols, and the emotional language of color, to connect in an intuitive and direct way that transcends artifice.

Parker Day’s preoccupation with identity performance began at an early age. She spent her childhood in her father’s comic book shop in San Jose, CA where underground comix, like those by R. Crumb, were forbidden to her. She didn’t dare open them but she’d catch glimpses of the covers and her imagination would run wild, filling in the characters’ personalities and what their stories might be. At home she’d play elaborate games of dress up to inhabit new roles and pose for her mom’s 35mm camera. She requested her own camera and would craft secret worlds populated by Barbies and stuffed animals to capture on film.

Parker Day began shooting ICONS in July, 2015. Images from the series have been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Vice, i-D, and Dazed. Although selections from ICONS have appeared in international media and group shows, Superchief Gallery LA will be the first to exhibit the complete ICONS series. The Superchief Gallery LA opening will also be the first opportunity to get the ICONS book, published by not a cult.


“I seek out the kind of people you want by your side when the world ends; the indomitable ones that are tough like cockroaches and can't be squashed.” - Parker Day

Contact info@superchiefgallery.com

ICONS Parker Day Photo Show

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