A Solo Exhibit of NEW Works by Kenton Parker | Primary PROJECTS

October 07 2011 . 09:38pm

Primary PROJECTS Presents – It Takes All This to be Me | A Solo Exhibit of NEW Works by Kenton Parker

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Miami, FL (September 27, 2011) – Primary Projects is pleased to present “It Takes All This To Be Me” by Los Angeles-based artist Kenton Parker in his first solo project since 2007. Borrowing and re-appropriating mainstream cultural imagery, then barraging that aesthetic with subtly aggressive visual and textual commentary, Parker subverts and subsequently defies the authority of the surfaces and personalities he encounters. Parker’s own studio reflects this trajectory in the form of crudely documented musings on sexual deviation, amusement, critical texts and instinctive responses over thousands of sheets of paper.

The opening reception for It Takes All This To Be Me is slated for Saturday, October 8 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Primary Projects (4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, Miami Design District).  The event is free and open to the public, with complimentary beverages courtesy of 42Below Vodka and Perrier. Curated by BooksIIII Bischof, Typoe and Chris Oh, this exhibit will be on view until November 6, 2011.  For more information, please visit www.primaryprojectspace.com.

In the context of the exhibits title, Parker inhabits multiple roles as the vagrant, the journalist, the graphic designer and the taco vendor, all filtered through film, sculpture, installation and traditional wall-based art. ‘My First Ralf’ is one such example; a nine-minute short film shows Parker playing ‘Frank’, a vandal for which a public service announcement is made to viewers not through the transmission of practical information, but rather through his own culture-bending acid trip.

Loosely bound to the heels of an iconic Richard Prince collage, Parker deploys his dated, 50’s-style bulletin threaded through his own YouTube videos and original photography. A miniature replica of his fully-functioning ‘Taco Shop’ will inhabit the gallery space, dressed in tiny ceramic tiles, stainless steel finishes, and Retro neon signage.

“It Takes All This To Be Me” will feature a selection of works created over the past four years, with a significant majority of the corpus inspired by the last ten months of the artist’s life and activities. Parker’s practice is deeply rooted in the cultural incubator that is Los Angeles.

Powered by artistic collective Primary Flight, Primary Projects is a multidisciplinary space, positioned at the heart of Miami’s Design District, which aims to explore and promote multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists. Utilizing extensive, and wholly specific, experience in producing street-level curatorial endeavors in Miami, the creative forces behind Primary Projects unites the commercial and critical efforts of artists, critics, curators, professionals and patrons; the result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold, urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media.

Exhibition DURATION | Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, November 6, 2011

Opening RECEPTION | Saturday, October 8, 2011 | 7 – 11 pm

Private Collectors PREVIEW | Friday, October 7, 2011 | 6 – 9 pm

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Primary Flight video

August 20 2010 . 04:35pm



Since its inception in 2007, Primary Flight has hosted site specific, street-level, outdoor mural and performance art projects in Miami’s Wynwood Art District during Art Basel each year.

This global arts and community collective project combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of street exhibitions, parties, and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Primary Flight’s annual event in Wynwood is the world’s largest, multi-site, street-level mural installation.

In just three years, Primary Flight has grown quickly from 15 to over 100 artists, the majority of whom travel to Miami for Art Basel. Founders of the street, stencil, graffiti, and skate art movements headline the annual event. Artists collaborate on strategically located walls throughout the Wynwood Art District. Maps outlining the installation are circulated, providing patrons with an opportunity to view street works in process.

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Art Basel video via BabelGum.com | Primary Flight

December 17 2009 . 07:32pm

Find out more at: www.babelgum.com

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Juxtapoz Magazine: Catching up with El Mac in Miami

December 04 2009 . 03:10am

We ran into Mac at Blue Print, the kick off party for Primary Flight in Miami, who tells us in his delightful manner about the mural he and Retna have been preparing to unveil today in the Wynwood neighborhood.

Holding it down

Mac and Jux Web Editor Katie Zuppann

Lucky for us, El Mac proceeded to whip out his camera to show us pictures of how the mural is coming along so far.

From the looks of it, on this piece, the artists maneuver masterfully through the gray scale, stepping in a different direction from the multihued mural they last showed in Salt Lake City.

Mac & Retna’s Mural in Salt Lake City: "Ave Maria"

Both artists agreed that they had their work cut out for them today, Mac saying that the mural was only about 15% done while Retna played it safer with an estimated 5%.

From the images of the work in progress alone, it is obvious that this is going to be a special piece that we are very much looking forward to checking out. Not to miss if you are in the Miami area.

SOURCE: http://www.juxtapoz.com/Current/mac-n-miami

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RETNA x THE MAC x TSL x Barneys New York COOP

April 16 2009 . 05:11pm

The Seventh Letter crew members RETNA and THE MAC recently did this amazing wall in Miami that Barneys New York used for their newest COOP catalog. Be on the look out for upcoming projects with RETNA, THE MAC and Barneys New York.

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